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Didgeridoo - a new Parliamentary symbol, May 2007

As part of the Queensland Parliament's celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and Reconciliation Week 2007, the Queensland Parliament launched its inaugural Indigenous artist-in-residence program in May 2007.

Mr John Pene-Fonmosa was appointed as the Parliament's inaugural Indigenous artist-in-residence and was commissioned to create a didgeridoo and accompanying artwork. Mr Pene-Fonmosa was "in residence" at the Parliament between Monday, 21 May and Friday, 25 May 2007. The public were invited to view the creation of the didgeridoo and an art display, curated by Mr Pene-Fonmosa.The didgeridoo was chosen as the commissioned piece because it symbolised the custodianship by traditional owners of the lands that today make up the state of Queensland. The didgeridoo is expected to become a significant parliamentary symbol used on ceremonial occasions and will be displayed in a special cabinet alongside the parliamentary mace.