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It was published in March 2017, so the information may be out-of-date.
Greater Shepparton City Council in partnership with Rumbalara Co-Op and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation have announced a project that aims to enhance awareness and celebrate the local Aboriginal culture and history.
Council has commissioned well known artist Adnate to paint a mural dedicated to both the late William Cooper and the late Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls KCVO OBE MBE. Adnate, who is widely recognised for his paintings in Sheep Hills, Benalla, Melbourne and throughout the world, has commenced the mural and will have it completed later this month. Adnate specialises in working closely with local Aboriginal communities and has a passion for painting portraits that have a deep connection to local cultures and communities.
Both William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls were chosen as part of the consultation process to recognise the local Aboriginal people, and both have been approved to feature in a mural by both the Rumbalara Elders Committee and also the Yorta Yorta Elders Committee. The families of both William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls have also been consulted by Council regarding the mural and have confirmed that they are honoured to have both individuals recognised as part of the project.
Eldest daughter of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls, Aunty Pam Pederson said that her father was a great man and stated that her favourite quote of the late Sir Douglas Nicholls was, “You can play a tune on black keys, you can play a tune on white keys, but both are needed for perfect harmony.”
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