Memorial wording has been approved

WORDING: Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan.
WORDING: Elliston District Council chairman Kym Callaghan.

The Wirangu have agreed to take the word large out of wording to go on a monument which recognises the deaths of Aboriginal people at Waterloo Bay in 1849.

Since the wording was proposed at a council meeting in June this year, the community had been debating the use of the word massacre.

At a council meeting last month, six of the seven elected members agreed to move ahead with the wording including the word massacre but not the word large where it referred to the number of people killed.

The council then sought the views of the Wirangu on the changed wording and it was finalised at this week’s council meeting.

Elliston chairman Kym Callaghan said the council wanted to begin work on the plaque straight away.

“I am expecting the plaque with the wording would be put up before the end of the year.”