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Dr Jackie Huggins:

I know that the National Museum is about memory and about history; I'm truly grateful that those memories will be held forever here at the National Museum of Australia.

I'm very honoured to make this donation because for me it's recognition of the work done for reconciliation in this country. I've worked long and hard on reconciliation – officially for 13 years – and have tried my best to keep it on the national agenda. I've seen some great signs of recognition and some great signs of Australians wanting to work together again.

Reconciliation jacket video 1:54

Lorna Schmider-Woodcock describes the signficance of the outfit worn by her godmother, Jackie Huggins

Clothing and accessories on display for the Jackie Huggins collection. - click to view larger image
Jackie Huggins display

Dressing up for reconciliation

Huggins originally bought the canary yellow suit, navy blue blouse, a pair of navy and gold earrings, a multi-coloured scarf, and a pair of navy, yellow and white shoes to wear to the 1997 Reconciliation Convention in Melbourne.

She also wore this favourite outfit to the Sydney Opera House for Corroboree 2000, and in 2005 at the Reconciliation Workshop at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

History through personal stories

Huggins also donated the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag pin that she wore on the lapel of the yellow suit at official reconciliation events.

Curator Jay Arthur:

Taking this outfit into the Museum collection not only celebrates the life and achievements of a very special Australian but also reminds us that history is created by people and experienced by people. Through the telling of personal stories the Museum makes national history personal and personal histories part of the national story.

In our collection

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation poster featuring Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Cathy FreemanA colour poster adhered to cardboard for the 'COUNCIL FOR ABORIGINAL RECONCILIATION' featuring an image of Australian sprinters Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Cathy Freeman. There is printed text 'THE / COUNCIL'S / VISION / A united Australia ... and provides / justice and equity / for all.' on the right side and 'together we / ca...
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