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Tony Rosella and Ash Badios with Judith Rolevink and Tim Thomson, The Vietnamese Boat Peoples Monument, 2021, granite, slate, bronze, and gold leaf. Photo Sam Roberts

Vietnamese Boat People Monument

Tony Rosella and Ash Badios

The Vietnamese Boat People Monument was designed by local artists Tony Rosella and Ash Badios with Judith Rolevink and Tim Thomson. Located in Karrawirra Park 12, this monument reflects the remarkable journeys, strength and resilience of Vietnamese refugees, and shares the Vietnamese’s profound gratitude to Australians for embracing and assisting refugees as part of the South Australian community.

The monument captures two Vietnamese children travelling in a sculpted boat on a granite and slate ocean. The six lotus flowers, forming the Southern Cross, direct the children to the horizon and towering beacon, representing a guiding light and new beginnings. This monument was developed by the Vietnamese Boat Peoples Monument Association and funded with contributions from the State Government, Vietnamese Business Community, and a number of local government councils, and donated to the City of Adelaide.

Riverbank, Victoria Dr, Karrawirra Park 12, Adelaide

Year Produced



Bronze, granite, slate and gold leaf

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