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Place Moola Bulla

Western Australia


Moola Bulla Station was established by the government on Halls Creek road near Wyndham, Western Australia, in 1910. It was designed to be a self-supporting pastoral station and Aboriginal families were given training in how to farm, using European methods. The Chief Protector of Aborigines, AO Neville wanted Moola Bulla to be a 'model' for how missions in the northwest could be converted into self-supporting cattle stations. The head of the department responsible for Aboriginal welfare had guardianship of the children at Moola Bulla. As outlined in the Bringing Them Home report (pages 92-93) Indigenous families were moved to settlements such as Moola Bulla Station, against their will, and Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and taken there. Many of these children never saw their families again. Depending on the colour of their skin, some children were taken from Moola Bulla and sent to Sister Kate's in Perth. Moola Bulla closed in 1955 and most of the children were transferred to Beagle Bay although some of them may have gone with their families to the United Aborigines' Missions at Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek.

Archival resources

National Centre for Indigenous Genomics

  • Field Notebook, 1960 - 1961, FIELD-005; National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. Details
  • Historical Slides Kimberley, 01P-02; National Centre for Indigenous Genomics. Details