John McDouall Stuart Statue - is it racist?

10th Jun 2020

The John McDouall Stuart statue, which stands on the Alice Springs Hospital Lawns, commemorates McDouall Stuart as one of the first Europeans to pass through the region.

Historian and local Arrernte/Anmatjere Elder Patricia Ansell Dodds briefly explains the history of John McDouall Stuart and labels the statue as racist because it presents a one sided colonial view of the region without acknowledging the contribution of local Arrernte people.