|WA Journey Ways - Mungalimanha (from darkness into life)
'Mungalimanha' is a Wajarri word meaning to go from darkness into light or to find a brighter future. In this context to go from the darkness of life at Moore River Settlement (Mogumber) and New Norcia orphanage into the brighter future of life in Geraldton.
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|Rose Davis, Robbie Ronan and Joan Grey in 'Journey Ways' project, Dr Francesca Robertson, Dr Noel Nannup, Alison Nannup.
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In 1918 the Western Australian Government set up what was intended to be a small, self-supporting farming settlement for 200 Aboriginal people from the Murchison, Midlands and southwest regions. Based at Moore River the settlement very quickly fell well short of the intention (The Book Broken Circles by Anna Haebich, 2000 accurately details life at Moore River Settlement). The land was unsuitable for the kind of farming done at the time and successive superintendents had no farming experience. It became a place where unwell and unwanted Aborigines were dumped and an orphanage for stolen children. Budgets were cut over time so that people were starving, they were turned out to find rabbits and kangaroo. Grandparents of stolen children camped nearby and passed food through the fence to feed the children. Medical help was rarely available, tuberculosis was rife. A six-foot fence surrounded the compound, within it the sexes and children were segregated. A team of trackers, many of whom were not local and had recently been released from prison, hunted down anyone who escaped. It was often likened to a concentration camp.
Badgingara is thought to mean water by the manna gums.