Yorkas Nyinning Memorial

Public Art : Yorkas Nyinning Memorial

Sculptor: © Athanasios Kalamaras

Description: The Yorkas Nyinning Memorial is a limestone wall which features a bas relief mural depicting woman at various stages of life. The images on the mural symbolises the role women played in the development of Western Australia from early times to present.

Date Unveiled: The limestone mural was unveiled on the 28th of January, 1979, by the then Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Wallace Kyle, to celebrate the 150 years since foundation of Western Australia.

Location: The Yorkas Nyinning Memorial can be found on the lawn in the Botanic Garden on Forrest Drive, Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.

Inscription:

Yorkas Nyinning

This memorial was originally named Minmara - Gun- Gun a Western Desert Aboriginal phrase.

In 2000 it was renamed Yorkas Nyinning meanng women's resting place to respect the association of the local Nyungah people with this region.


Minmara - Gun- Gun

An Aboriginal word meaning " A place where the spirits of women rest."

This sculptured wall commemorated the contribution of women to the development of Western Australia from infancy to maturity.

Unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of Western Australia
SIR WALLACE KYLE
G.C.B., K.C.V.O., C.B.E.,D.S.O.,D.F.C., K.St.J.
On 28th January, 1979

Sculptor Athanasios Kalamaras
Architect S.B.Cann M.B.E.
L.F.R.A.I.A.
Principal Architect
Public Works Department

 

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