Celebrating National Reconciliation Week

Rottnest Island celebrated the start of Reconciliation Week during a moving event at the WA Maritime Museum on May 30.

The event for Island stakeholders and Rottnest Island Authority staff featured the launch of a short film, “Survivors of Wadjemup”, by Perth film maker and Murdoch University lecturer Glen Stasiuk.  RIA’s Board was represented at the event by Deputy Chair Dr Marina Hogan and member Guy Houston.

“Survivors of Wadjemup” is coupled with an exhibition curated by Dr Caroline Bird which addresses truth-telling in relation to Wadjemup’s prison history, concentrating on the period 1901-1931. The film can viewed on the island at the Wadjemup Museum until the end of September.  

Rottnest Island Authority Executive Director Jason Banks said the week was an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared history, culture and achievements as we continue to build on reconciliation across the country.  

RIA is committed to reconciliation through its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, the fourth for the agency.

National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared history, culture and achievements as we continue to build on reconciliation across the country.  



Rottnest Island Authority’s Acting Manager Cultural Heritage Richenda Prall with film participant Jane Narrier.


(L-R) Perth film maker Glen Stasiuk, Rottnest Island Authority’s Acting Manager Cultural Heritage Richenda Prall, and film participant Jane Narrier.