Public Art : Bali Memorial
Artist/Architects : © David Jones (Artist), Kevin
Draper (art work) Sally Morgan (text) and Donaldson and Warn (Architects)
Date Unveiled : The Bali Memorial was officially
dedicated on the first year anniversary of the tragedy, 12th October, 2003, by the Governor, Lieutenant
General John Sanderson.
Location : The edge of Mt Eliza, overlooking the
city, Fraser Avenue, Kings Park, Western Australia.
Description of the Bali Memorial : The Bali Memorial
is divided into several parts. Carefully placed and thoughtful words by Sally Morgan adorn the granite walls as
they curve their way towards the Swan River. The "Sunrise Axis" has been specially aligned so at sunrise on the
12th October every year the sun's rays enter the memorial. It is one of the few memorials where you feel a strong
bond and common unity between Aboriginals and white Australians, as the memorial represents and reflects a
united sense of sorrow. A sacred site in every sense of the word. The names of the fourteen West Australians
who lost their lives in Bali are listed on a bronze plaque.
Background to the Bali Bombings : As Australia
slept on the night of the 12th October, 2002, new flashes began running along the bottom of America's CNN
broadcast,'a series of explosions have rocked the tourist district of Kuta in Bali, Indonesia'. Although initial
reports said they were unsure of how many people were dead or injured, anyone who has ever been to Bali immediately
knew the figures would be high. Kuta is the hub of the tourist district in Bali, full of bars and nightclubs (and
Australians). It was the number one destination amongst foreign tourists, especially the young, for having a
drink and socialising. As the first images of the billowing smoke and people running through the chaos were
being beamed acrossed the world, it was still unclear what had actually happened. No one wanted to believe it was a
terrorist attack, no one wanted to think that young holiday makers were the target, nobody wanted to think the
The wave of attacks began at 23.05 when a suicide bomber walked into the crowded nightclub, Paddy's
Pub, and detonated his backpack on the dance floor. About fifteen seconds later, as people were evacuating the
area, a car bomb was detonated outside the Sari Club (opposite Paddy's Pub). The bomb was so powerful it destroyed
neighboring buildings. It was later revealed a smaller bomb (rumored to be packed with human excrement) was
also detonated outside the U.S. consulate in Denpasar just prior to the Kuta bombings.
By the time the sun rose over the island paradise it was clear that the events of the previous night were in fact
terrorist motivated. Dazed survivors were talking of the horrors they had witnessed to the journalists who began
flooding into the area. No Australian would forget Peter Hughes patiently waiting in hospital and letting others go ahead of him, whilst unbeknown to
himself or the millions who watched from their living rooms, that he had suffered severe burns, was swollen to
twice his size and was about to be in a fight for his life.
The local Sanglah hospital was not prepared for the number of dead and injured arriving throughout
the night. Many had to be placed in hotel swimming pools to ease the pain of their burns. Foreign doctors, nurses
and anyone with medical training raced to the hospitals, volunteering their services. As soon as word reached
Australia, evacuation plans for the badly injured were immediately put in place (though initial delays due to red
tape hampered efforts) with many of the injured (including foreigners) airlifted to Darwin and Perth's
speciality burns unit (headed by Dr Fiona Wood). Private lear jets and commercial airlines all volunteered their
services as it became a race against time to get the injured to proper medical facilities. The official death toll
was 202 with 209 injured. Of the 202, 164 were foreign nations and 38 were locals. Dr Fiona Wood and her team saved
28 of those injured.
Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamist group allegedly led by radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was eventually
named as the group responsible for the attacks. The ring leaders Amrozi bin Haji Nurhasyim, Imam Samudra and
Noordin Mohammed were given death sentences for the roles they played. So far they still remain in gaol, having
appealed their sentences.
|The Bali Memorial
On 12 October 2002 terrorism claimed the lives of 207 people
on the Indonesian island of Bali. Of these 66 were Australians
including 16 Western Australians. Many more were injured.
We remember the lost, comfort the injured and honour those who
assisted in this time of need.
This is a place of reflection to all those who love experienced loss and grief.
The main axis of the memorial aligns with the sunrise on 12th October each
year when dawn's light will pass through the memorial space to illuminate
the commemorative plaque. A second axis provides a focused view of the
Australian flag, Swan River and the Darling Ranges.
|The Bali Memorial
was officially dedicated by
His Excellency Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC
Governor of Western Australia
12 October 2003
Hon Dr Geoff Gallop MLA
Premier of Western Australia
Mr Richard Simpson, Chairman
Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Designed by Donaldson + Warn, Architects and David Jones, Artist
Artwork by Kevin Draper
Text by Sally Morgan
|The Bali Memorial
12 October, 2002
In the shadow of our sorrow
We find a light,
With the dawn comes hope,
With the setting sun, time to heal.
Peter Carlo Basioli
Matthew Lucas Bolwerk
Andrew Maurice Dobson
Dean Richard Gallagher
Byron John Hancock
Nicole Maree Harrison
Corey James Paltridge
David Cameron Ross
Lee Anthony Sexton
Anthony Scott Stewart
Jason Terrance Stokes
Tracy Ann Thomas
Jonathon (Jono) Wade
LEST WE FORGET