the cover of the sorry books

Selections from The Sorry Books


Each Sorry Book contained the following apology:


"By signing our name to this book we are recording our regret for the injustice suffered by Indigenous Australians as a result of European settlement; In particular the effect of government policy on the human dignity and spirit of Indigenous Australians.

We are recording our desire for reconciliation and for a better future for all our peoples.

By signing this book we are demonstrating a commitment to a united Australia, which values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, and provides justice and equity for all."


View images of the Sorry Books in the AIATSIS Library Collection. Around 1000 official Sorry Books were circulated around Australia by Australians for Native Title.


View the Sorry Books manuscripts finding aids for MS 3569, MS3795 and MS4398.