Noongar camps in and around Fremantle by Dr Denise Cook
Until the 1950s many Noongar people lived in camps throughout the Perth metropolitan area. Locations were on the fringes of suburbs, often close to earlier, traditional campsites. These camps are an important part of our shared history but remain relatively unknown in the wider community.
This talk explores the history of camps around Fremantle, particularly the stories of people in the camps. The focus will be the 1930s, 40s and 50s, a time within living memory when many Noongar people lived in camps. Denise will discuss sites around the East Fremantle football oval, south of South Beach and behind the Fremantle Cemetery.
Cook will outline the importance of following Aboriginal cultural protocols, because the way in which cross-cultural research is undertaken is just as important as the information that is uncovered.
Image courtesy: The Jetta Elders. Collection: Doreen Nelson