Official opening of RN Robertson building and Aboriginal Resource Garden

31 July 2018

RSB and Fenner came together on a sunny and mild winter day this month to celebrate the opening of our Aboriginal Resource Garden and the refurbished RN Robertson building. ANU Provost Mike Calford opened the ceremony and spoke about the history of the building, and his time as a student there. Other speakers from ANU were College of Science Dean Kiaran Kirk, RSB Director Allen Rodrigo and Fenner School Director Saul Cunningham. Elders and representatives of three local Aboriginal groups were present, and Matilda House, Ngambri Elder, Wally Bell, Ngunawal Elder, and Tina Brown, Ngunnawal woman standing in for her father, Ngunnawal Elder Carl Brown, spoke to the crowd about the development and significance of the garden. Ngunnawal man Adrian Brown, who designed and created the bench seat, also spoke. The ceremony ended with the Provost and the Dean cutting the ribbon across the entrance of the building, and a catered lunch featuring Indigenous treats including emu burgers, kangaroo sausages and crocodile meat.