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'Wine Yarn' unveiled as a new Queensland Parliamentary symbol, 15 November 2007

A didgeridoo known as the ‘Wind Yarn’ was unveiled today as a new symbol of the Queensland Parliament.

The didgeridoo was commissioned by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mike Reynolds, for the Queensland Parliament’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Federal Referendum which saw more than 90% of eligible Australians support the inclusion of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national population census and gave the Commonwealth Government powers to make laws in respect of Indigenous peoples.

Mr Reynolds said that the didgeridoo was chosen to celebrate this important occasion because it symbolised the custodianship by traditional owners of the lands that make up the state of Queensland.

The ‘Wind Yarn’ didgeridoo will be permanently displayed in a special cabinet alongside the Queensland Parliament’s Mace which symbolises the authority of the Parliament and the Speaker that is derived from the Sovereign in the Westminster system of parliamentary government.

“The didgeridoo is an integral part of Aboriginal ceremonial life, just like the parliamentary Mace in Westminster parliaments,” Mr Reynolds said.

John Pene-Fonmosa of Indij-n-arts Australia Studio created the didgeridoo and accompanying artwork in May 2007 while serving as the Queensland Parliament’s first artist in residence.

Mr Pene-Fonmosa named the didgeridoo the ‘Wind Yarn’ as its artwork tells a powerful story of reconciliation with footprints and circles representing the journey of Aboriginal and European peoples through Queensland’s past, present and future.

Mr Reynolds congratulated John Pene-Fonmosa for creating such a powerful symbol of reconciliation in Queensland.

He said, “It is my expectation that this didgeridoo will be seen as a significant symbol of the Queensland Parliament and that it will be used on ceremonial occasions.”

“The Parliament will consult with traditional owners about the appropriate use of the didgeridoo.”

Mr Pene-Fonmosa thanked the Speaker for this initiative and said, “The Wind Yarn project is part of the foundation of relationship and opportunity building for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.”

Wind Yarn