Beeliar Boodjar Booklet
A free 24-page booklet has been compiled as an introduction to Cockburn’s rich and deep Aboriginal history, based on existing literature and oral history projects.
Aptly-titled Beeliar Boodjar, it was written by Len Collard and Clint Bracknell with assistance from Sandra Harben, after a review of documents by the University of WA’s School of Indigenous Studies.
The City of Cockburn Aboriginal History Steering Committee provided objectives for the project and approved its content while the local Aboriginal Reference Group also gave feedback.
Cockburn Mayor Logan K. Howlett said:
Beeliar Boodjar is a fascinating insight into local Aboriginal history and culture.
The fact this publication exists is testament to the strength of our council’s connection to the local Aboriginal community and commitment to recognising that aspect of our heritage.
Beeliar Boodjar is exceedingly well-researched and appealing in its exploration of the local Nyungar people and their links with the land, allowing people to discover plenty of interesting facts they might not have known before.
As a result, the City of Cockburn is looking to publish more information of this nature in the future.
Aboriginal people in Cockburn are encouraged to register their interest in future by calling the Aborginal Community Development team on 9411 3487.
You can also download the Beeliar Boodjar booklet [ – 4.93Mb], or grab one at the City of Cockburn administration building, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood.
The City of Cockburn advises the booklet contains the names of deceased Aboriginal people. It does not wish to cause distress to anyone who follows specific cultural protocols about such names and it should be noted that relatives were contacted before the names were used in this publication.