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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 seating, corner of Gregory Terrace and Todd Street.
The Gathering Garden seating, corner of Gregory Terrace and Todd Street,
with the Alice Springs Town Council in the background.

The Gathering Garden seating, corner of Gregory Terrace and Todd Street.
The Gathering Garden seating, corner of Gregory Terrace and Todd Street.

European settlement and exploration depended heavily on the expertise of Muslim cameleers from Afghanistan and British India.

From the 1860's to the 1930's, European settlement and exploration depended heavily on the expertise of Muslim cameleers from Afghanistan and British India. In 1921 Indian cameleer, Saleh Sadadeen acquired a lease of land on this site. He grew a wide variety of fruit and vegetables and ws known for his watermelons, figs, grapes and citrus fruit. Later this site became a market garden for other Afghan cameleers.

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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