For Bush Babies Mandurah, CAN worked closely with local Elders and the City of Mandurah to capture the stories of Noongar people with connection to the Peel region. Some have lived in the area all their lives, others have travelled through town, but all have a connection to this land and a story to tell. The City of Mandurah started this process in 2007 when they recorded the oral histories of fourteen Noongar and wadjella (white) community members as part of the Bindjareb Stories project.
In 2016, CAN and its Bush Babies project interviewed more than twenty more local Elders and senior community members giving them the opportunity to share their memories.
Through a series of community gatherings and workshops CAN gathered oral history recordings and photographs. These stories form part of an important record for the people of the Peel region, capturing where they are from and the changes they have witnessed over the years.
This in turn will inform future celebrations and acknowledgement of Mandurah’s local Noongar culture and heritage. The historical information and photographs collected during Bush Babies will be featured on the Our Knowledge, Our Land website. The vision is that even more community members will have the chance to upload and share their stories into the future.