Sydney, Australia, Armenian Genocide Memorial

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Subject:The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)
Type of Memorial:Commemorative Plaque, Inscription
Sponsor(s):The Armenian Genocide Joint Commemorative Committee of Australia.
Architect/Designer/Artist:Khatchkar (Cross-stone) brought from Armenia – artist unknown
Placement:Located in a garden area on the ninth floor of the New South Wales Parliament. (NSW Parliament)

Freestanding sculptural work.

Physical Setting:Garden area, flat land.
Tourist Amenities:Yes
Map Designation:Mapped as “New South Wales (NSW) Parliament, ninth floor”
Physical Condition:Very well preserved.
Inscription:“Resolution Agreed by the Legislative Assembly” followed by 6 points of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative motion [The plaque contains the full text of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative motion in the state of New South Wales].
Location:New South Wales (NSW) Parliament
Sydney, Australia
Proposal Date:1997
Design Date:1997-98
Construction Began:1998
Construction Completed:Early 1999
Dedication Date:March 5, 1999
Prior Use of Site:Garden area of the ninth floor of NSW parliament.
Development/Construction Process:The monument was constructed as a result of a two-year effort invested in obtaining the recognition of the Armenian Genocide in the state of New South Wales. The Armenian Genocide Commemorative motion was passed unanimously in the NSW Parliament on April 17, 1997. Turkish protesters swamped the NSW Parliament & Turkish Ambassador to Australia Umut Ali complained to the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. In late March, the Turkish community of Sydney protested in front of the Parliament building. “Khatchkar” imported from Armenia; later mounted on sandstone.
History of Ownership:Owned by NSW Parliament.
Commemorative Activities:Dedication & inauguration by Honorable Bob Carr, Premier of NSW, parliament members Peter Collins & John Watkins, other members of NSW Parliament and representative of the Armenian Genocide Joint Commemorative Committee of Australia.
Notable Visitors:Honorable Bob Carr, Premier of NSW. Parliament members Peter Collins & John Watkins. Members of the Armenian Genocide Joint Commemorative Committee of Australia. Two genocide survivors.
Additional Information:Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.

85 Commémoration du Génocide des Arméniens. Publication du Comité uni pour la Commémoration du Génocide arménien. Montréal, 2000.

Kidd, Kristen. “Perpetual Reminders: Newest Genocide Memorial dedicated in Australia” Armenian International Magazine (April 1999), pp. 48-50.

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