Keeping Culture Strong Noongar Elders and Law Men 1830-1910

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In 1907 a number of Noongar people were gathered for a public corroboree performance which was described by Daisy Bates and captured in the following photographs. These men and young boys were from different parts of Noongar Boodjar (Country) but would come together to share songs, stories and knowledge.

Portrait of Woolberr in 1907

In this photo Woolberr is being painted by Monnop in preparation for the public corroboree performance.

Portrait of Genburdong in 1907

Monnop is painting Genburdong as the other men watch. Some of the younger men would have watched without participating - depending on their age and level of initiation.

Portrait of Joobaitch (Joobych) in 1907

Joobaitch was an Elder from the Guildford area who was born in 1830. He lived through the first years of the Swan River Colony. Joobaitch can be seen in this image shaving soft wood to create the headpieces used in the corroboree.

Portrait of William Monop (Monnop) in 1907

William Monop (Monnop) was a Yued Noongar from the Victoria Plains area. He grew up at New Norcia shepherding for Bishop Salvado and maintained his Yued language and knowledge throughout his life.

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