Google doodle features aborigines on Australia Day, sparks debate

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 26, 2016 20:35 IST
A screengrab of Google’s Australia search page shows the latest doodle featuring Australian aborigines, the indigenous population of the nation continent. (

Google on Tuesday published a bold, unconventional doodle to mark the controversial ‘Australia Day’ which is also known as ‘Invasion Day’ by many.

January 26 is celebrated as Australia Day and marks the arrival of the first European fleet to Botany Bay in Sydney, 1778. The doodle which appeared on homepage features Australian aborigines, the indigenous population of the nation continent.

“A weeping mother sits in an ochre desert, dreaming of her children and a life that never was… all that remains is red sand, tears and the whispers of her stolen dreamtime,” the description of the doodle said.

According to critics, the day ironically commemorates the advent of colonialism, followed by clashes, persecution and suffering of Australian aborigines at the hands of the ‘white settlers’.

The doodle ‘Stolen Dreamtime’ is the creation of a Canberra High School student Ineka Voigt, whose design was selected from over 24,000 submissions in the Doodle 4 Google National contest held for Australian kids across the country last year.

“It’s a powerful and beautiful image that is not only a brilliant artwork but helps bring attention to the critical issue of reconciliation in Australia,” Google Australia’s brand and events marketing manager Leticia Lentini was quoted as saying in media reports.

“We are proud to have it on our homepage today,” Lentini said.

Clearly, Google’s unprecedented move has raged a fierce debate over the tumultuous history of the land Down Under.

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