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SIEV X MEMORIAL

This project remembers the 353 refugees who drowned in the 2001 sinking of a 'suspect illegal entry vessel'. It seeks to raise awareness of the urgent ongoing humanitarian crisis of refugee rights internationally, as well as the personal tragedies implicit in this single instance. The project was initiated in 2002 by psychologist and parenting author, Steve Biddulph, Uniting Church Minister, Rob Horsfeld, and artist and project manager Beth Gibbings. In late 2002 Dr SueAnne Ware was invited to join them as landscape architect to assist in establishing an inclusive and educational design process. The ensuing ideas competition resulted in a nation-wide production of decorated timber poles representing the victims and envisaged an arrangement of the poles in Canberra's Weston Park. 

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