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Munja was a community in Western Australia, established by white Australians for indigenous Australians. The passage describes the growth and decline of the community, the supplies offered to the indigenous Australians, and the labour they were required to do. Leprosy devastated the community, with people removed to the Derby leprosarium, often with violations of human rights to expedite the process.


  • A sweetened chewing tobacco called 'Black Stick or Nigger Twist' and also containing rum was distributed, by the Aborigines Department, to Aboriginal people living on pastoral stations, missions and reserves. It was highly addictive and people so addicted would move closer to settlements to obtain a reliable supply. Source: Mowanjum 50 Years: Community History (2008)
  • Warning: Please be aware that this work may contain words, terms or descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and are considered inappropriate today, but which reflect the period in which it was written.

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    y separately published work icon Mowanjum : 50 Years Community History Mary Anne Jebb , Mary Anne Jebb (editor), Mowanjum : Mowanjum Aboriginal Community , 2008 Z1573548 2008 anthology lyric/song prose poetry interview life story Mowanjum Aboriginal Community decided to share their stories, Wandjina traditions and tell 'of their journey from their homelands in the north Kimberley to Derby where Worrorra [Worora], Ngarinyin and Wunambal peoples established Mowanjun Community in 1956...The book is a commemoration of the strength of spirit of past community members and an expression of confidence in the future.' (Source: Mowanjum: 50 Years Community History, 2008) Mowanjum : Mowanjum Aboriginal Community , 2008 pg. 64-67
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  • Munja Native Cattle Station, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
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