1 week ago
Even though Perth is quite small, it has the largest inner city park in the world. This 1,003 acre park is a mixture of parkland, botanical gardens and native bushland.
Prior to European settlement, the area was known as Mooro Katta and Kaarta Gar-up, the Aboriginal names. It was an important ceremonial and cultural site for the Whadjuk tribe.
2 weeks ago
It seemed like a farewell to #whadjuk land in #fremantle today. This is a favourite spot of mine - the staff have never failed to make my life easier whenever I have come here and these days I really value that.
I am moving away soon. It will be a hectic February partly due to that. Fremantle is my Australian home town. Whadjuk/Nyoongar people have always been welcoming to me. This is where I got citizenship. This is where Mayor Brad Pettit will run you over with his bike if you are walking past town hall as he comes zooming out of the side doors. This is where the cannon fires at one pm and you turn to watch the tourists jump. This is where the Italian and Greek grandpas catch herring off the South Mole.
This is the place I wrote about for four years for a column so people in Sri Lanka knew about another little tiny place in the world. This is the place where fairies are real and Mother Mary walks down the street to bless the fleet once a year.
And this little corner here, this little plaque - this is Fremantle (and Perth's) first library, writing centre and for a time Freo's first town hall.
It is hard to move away.
#freelancinglife #freelancing #fremantlecafes #fremantlestory #freo #freolife #freolove #writeratwork #writing #editing
3 weeks ago
Survival day at the Birak festival
3 weeks ago
There’s no disputing the fact that today’s a day that harbours a lot of mixed feelings around this little island home of ours, but it’s a mere one of 365 that we’re thankful for these now peaceful shores we get to live and play amongst. #australiaday #moorocountry
Pic from the family slide archives, taken by my dad of his dad, circa 1974. 🙌🏻
1 month ago
The Moon sculpture at Elizabeth Quay is part of a Whadjuk Noongar story. An info board explains the story but not sure what this map is about. #elizabethquay #whadjuk
1 month ago
#Perth - lovely country of #Whadjuk people (another tribe within #Noongar) who have been living on this part of #WA land for 35 to 70K years.
Whadjuk #spirituality is strongly connected to the land & ecosystem which is also reflected to their songs "... child of the Dreamtime People, I am the river, softly chanting our songs on my way to the sea... I awakened here when the earth was new, I am this land & this land is me"
Like other #aboriginal tribes, Whadjuk also didn't have sense of ownership. They believed that they were in this planet as spirits crossing over to the next dimension. - intention, experience and feelings matter.
When the first british colonists arrived in 1829, Whadjuk perceived them as the spirit of their dead ancestors, as they arrived from the west/sunset direction (kuranyup: land of dead), were white/pale, smelled bad, had false teeth. They were welcomed to share their land and resources.
After being expelled from their sacred land, killed, enslaved, they tried to resist the british expansion on their land: Yagan was the name of their legendary hero leading this resistance - who was shot in 1833, his head was separated from his body, smoked and sent to Liverpool museum for exhibitions.
Wadjuk people have been imprisoned, kept in stalls to work at western farms, their children were taken away from them, their language was forbidden, they were not permitted to earn or keep money, or go into town/ enter any shop or restaurant.
In 2010, Yagan's head was finally returned to his people, & was reburied with a proper ceremony.
The #touristic #Rottnest Island has been prison and grave to ~4000 aboriginal people, that is what lies under the holiday parks there.
Ask about the history, aborigins when you visit this beautiful continent.
#noongarcountry #westaustralia #roadtrip #globelletravels #acrosstheuniverse #whadjuktrails #westcoastaustralia #rottnestisland #LenCollard #roadbacktohome #ourculturalheritage #ourplanet #indigenouspeople #dreamtimepeople #globelletravels
2 months ago
Langford Aboriginal Association Inc artists explore and learn different casting and resin artwork techniques - exploring themes surrounding #PlaceNames in the #Whadjuk area #artstransforms #Perth
2 months ago
water looks really nice when it’s in the air and has a setting sun photobombing from the horizon
3 months ago
Bells Rapids, Brigadoon.
4 months ago
Mia Yellagonga - the name chosen for our new headquarters in consultation with the local community and elders. It means ‘place of Yellagonga’, after the Whadjuk elder who invited Captain James Stirling into Whadjuk country. #Woodside #Energy #headquarters #whadjuk #community
4 months ago
Acknowledgement of Country
Every day we start and finish our Nature Kindergarten program by coming together as a community around our ‘gathering circle’. Before collectively deciding what we'd like to do for the day we begin each morning with an ‘Acknowledgment of Country.’ “I’d like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet today, the Noongar people of the Whadjuk nation and pay my respects to Elders past and present.” Reconciliation starts here!
Little Learners EDEC - "Guiding the stewards of the future!" #reconciliationstartshere, #noongar, #whadjuk, #aboriginal, #naturekindergarten, #naturepedagogy, #naturebasedplay, #childcarecentre, #maggiedent, #reggioemilia, #buskkindergartens, #environmentalstewardship #fremantlestory
7 months ago
Congratulations to the four winners for the MRA design competition: Damien Lim, Bai Dang, Anika Kalotay & Serena Pangestu! Also pictured is Shivan Bhatia from Fielders (left), Eden Shepard from MRA (centre) and Stewart Wimmer from AWS/Aluminium Innovations (right). The MRA competition involved developing proposals for wayfinding and Whadjuk place mapping for the Perth Cultural Centre precinct.
The integration of Whadjuk stories through functional amenity is a great opportunity to extend the cultural footprint of the Perth Cultural Centre as well as showing MRA's commitment to supporting positive Aboriginal outcomes throughout their projects.
The winners from the UWA School of Architecture worked in partnership with artist John Walley to develop their proposal, titled 'Songlines', and was ranked highest for their design response, response to environmental context and for the integration of John Walley's Whadjuk spatial mapping.
8 months ago
How much do you know about Perth's history?
Test your knowledge with our timeline via blog.cultured-cities.com 😊
8 months ago
I finally finished my last animation for my degree!! Here's a little snippet of it 😁🙌 to view the entire thing, head over to YouTube and type "Whadjuk Noongar App Trailer - Motion Graphic Animation" 💜🙏😁
8 months ago
Tomorrow begins #NRW2017 marking 50 years since the #1967Referendum when #Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include #Aboriginal people in the census to enable the Commonwealth to create laws inclusive of Aboriginal people. This was a landmark moment in the history of European settlement of Australia. In 2014 the #ntwa held a #smokingceremony at 57 Murray St to clear away bad memories pressed close to the heart. 57 Murray St is where the Chief Protector of Aborigines for the State, A.O. Neville, had his offices. Neville’s work in the Native Affairs Department controlled the lives of Aboriginal people across #WA. #NAIDOC2017
9 months ago
Enjoying the fresh autumn evenings lately 🍂🌆
9 months ago
Recognition of 19th Century #SwanRiver woman Fanny Balbuk Yooreel, a Perth resistance fighter, was marked with an inaugural walk with #Elder Marie Taylor, and cultural performance by members of her extended family group at Government House Gardens where her grandmother Moojurngal was buried. This event is part of the @australianheritagefestival ⠀
📷 @Matthewpoon for the NTWA #ahfwa #havingavoice ⠀
10 months ago
The 2017 Australian Heritage Festival was launched in #WA with the stunning quilt exhibition Balbuk’s Country last night at @CityofPerth Library by Parliamentary Secretary John Carey. Contributing to the success of the event (L-R) Robyn Smith Walley, Pat Forster, the Hon Michael Murray AM QC, National Trust Chair, John Carey MLA, Dr Richard Walley OAM and (front) Marie Taylor, Elder. #ahfwa #havingavoice
10 months ago
The Wadjup-Gabbilju Foreshore Walk on 30 April is just one amazing event in the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival; this 2km guided walk travels along a flat bitumen path from the #BullCreek Inlet to opposite #SalterPoint (corner Fifth Avenue & Riverton Drive). There’s so much on offer 18 Apr-21 May! Discover tours, performances, and activities near you at australianheritagefestival.org.au. #havingavoice
11 months ago
Fanny Balbuk Yooreel was a passionate #Whadjuk #Noongar woman who experienced colonisation first hand in #Perth during the 19th century and today marks the anniversary of her death in 1907. The extraordinary life of Fanny Balbuk Yooreel is a highlight of this year’s Australian Heritage Festival for the National Trust with its partners @CityofPerth, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Find details of events to recognise the life of this important and uncelebrated woman with a deep commitment to her land and people at http://buff.ly/2mjIjzE SLWA 253420PD #ahfwa