Hello everyone my name is Doris Stuart. Stuart was the name of my father and his father before that. This my name because this is our country.
I am Apmrereke Artweye for Mparntwe. This is where I come from, this is my country. So the name of my fathers family were given by Europeans in Stuart. We’re from here Apmrereke Artweye custodians for this country.
Stuart was the name this place was given by the incoming Europeans in the late 1800’s. That lasted until 1932…maybe fifty years? Then the name of this place changed to Alice Springs. The name Europeans gave a spring, an important place a little way north of this spot. The place on the river where they build the telegraph station.
But this place has another name - Mparntwe. The place you call Alice Springs was named long before you all came here, and it still carries this name.