Hundreds of mourners braved wild weather today at Coogee’s Dolphin Point to remember loved ones lost in the Bali bombing 10 years ago. There were 88 Australians among the 202 people killed.
Premier Barry O’Farrell and Bob Carr, who was NSW premier at the time of the bombings, joined mourners to lay brightly coloured flowers beneath the bronze sculpture erected in memory of the six Coogee Dolphins rugby league team members who died on October 12, 2002. The ceremony ended with the release of 43 white doves into the darkened sky, one for each casualty from NSW.
Mr O’Farrell said, “The terrorists who attacked the Kuta nightclubs 10 years ago today didn’t count on the resilience and strength of the Australian people.”
Andrew Lazaris, president of City of Sydney Basketball, knew basketballers and footballers who lost their lives, and their families. “It’s good to see so many people come out here today to share their love and support,” he said. “The people who have had family die have never been the same, and will never be the same again.”
John Cram, grandfather of victim Chloe Byron, who was just 15, travelled from New Zealand for the event, found the ceremony very moving. “I was overcome, really.”
Tina Heffernan, close friend of a family who lost their son, was among those who attended. “The feeling of loss never goes away,” she said. “The people who spoke about their lost family have so much strength.” – Claire Geluk
Photos by Natasha Chadwick