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The Coolamons

Traditionally the coolamon is used to carry babies, food and water. Here in the gathering garden it is used as a metaphor to describe the collection of different cultures and stories.

The four corners of the Gathering Garden each contain a pair of sculpted bronze coolamon forms flipped over to form the seating. As the garden grows, the native plants will provide plenty of shade. Each pair of coolamons encircle a local granite slab, each containing a paragraph on the history of Alice Springs.

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The Gathering Garden south seating, next to Todd Street.
The Gathering Garden south seating, next to Todd Street.

Government surveyor William Whitefield Mills and the naming of Alice Springs.

In 1871 the government surveyor William Whitefield Mills explored the MacDonnell Ranges during the Overland Telegraph Line construction and discovered and named the water hole he found there Alice Springs. Mills named the pool after Mrs Alice Todd, the wife of the Superintendent of Telegraphs.

Bronze coolamon - arrernelhyaye ~ come, sit, be (translation)
Arrernte language: arrernelhyaye ~ come, sit, be (translation)

Bronze coolamon - nyinakalu ~ come, sit, be (translation)
Walpiri language: nyinakalu ~ come, sit, be (translation)
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