Fanny Balbuk Traditional Custodian of the Perth Cultural Centre lands and waters
As these wetlands were drained and built over, men and women like Balbuk were faced with the collapse of their culture and the deaths of many of their kin and family.
This photo shows the Perth Railway Station in 1881 with the remnants of Lake Kingsford. Balbuk would regularly fish for jilgies in these wetlands and source plants and vegetables from the surrounding shore.
Fanny can be seen in this photo from 1907 in the white dress on the far right. Work is ongoing to identify the other people in the image.