Wominjeka – Welcome
St Paul’s Cathedral stands on the traditional lands of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge and pay our respects to their elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
We are committed to the work of reconciliation.
During the colonisation of Australia, conflicts erupted between colonial forces (including the police and local settlers) and the Indigenous peoples of this land. Now known as the ‘Frontier Wars’, more than 20,000 Indigenous people were killed; losses amongst European settlers were about 2500.
Historians note that whilst open conflict often resulted in violence and murder, demoralisation and European diseases have been responsible for taking many more Indigenous lives since colonisation.
Today, we mourn our part in this history and affirm our commitment to the work of reconciliation.
The painting featured above is Treaty by Glenn Loughrey, a Wiradjuri man from New South Wales and priest at St Oswald’s Anglican Church, Glen Iris, Melbourne. He is an artist who fuses Indigenous art styles with Western forms of story telling. He writes of Treaty: