Moore River Settlement


Moore River Settlement was started in 1917 as a place to re-educate the Aboriginal people of the southwest, so that they could become servants of white society. It was then turned into a camp for half caste (half-white and half-aboriginals) children. These children were taken from their families and placed here. A.O. Neville, was the Chief Protector of Aborigines at the time, and he wanted to "bleed" the black out of the children. It was shut down as a mission in 1965. We visited the mission site and were guided by Jenny Moora. She was at the mission in 1947, and now helps to run an educational and historical archive business about the mission.

The church is the only building that is left standing at Moore River. It was redone in he 1950's but is no longer used. Here, Annie listens as Jenny Morgridge explains her personal story about Moore River. The group hanging out before walking down to the actual settlement.



While in Geraldton we had an amazing art experience with The Marra Art Gallery. It was named this because marra means "hand," and the hand is the tool that promotes the artwork. After getting a tour of the art gallery, we had a chance to create our own Aboriginal art. Projects ranged from sand art to masks to bracelets to our own version of a didgeridoo. We had an amazing time and would like to once again thank everyone at the gallery for their hospitality. Take a look at the gallery's web site.

Working hard on our art...


still working...

All finished!!! Our very own masterpieces!!

"On behalf of our class and Elon University... we would like to thank you... for teaching us about art and spending time with us!"

("via") The Pinnacles

We visited the Pinnacles on our way back to Perth. These one of a kind rock formations are located in Nambung National Park. They are thick limestone pillars that were created over time by erosion. Studies show that they first appeared about 6,000 years ago. They were then covered by sand and uncovered again in the last few hundred years.