The Moore River Native Settlement is a historically significant place for Aboriginal people throughout the State. Many were, or have family who were, born or resided at the former Native Reserve and/or Mogumber Mission, at some time or who had relatives that were buried there.

The following materials were compiled by the Aboriginal History WA in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Moore River Native Settlement and the Mogumber Cemetery.

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this publication contains images, and names of deceased persons. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries wishes to advise that some of the people in the photographs have not been able to be identified.

Moore River Native Settlement ploughing the farm

Above: Ploughing on the farm.

Moore River Native Settlement peeling potatoes

Above: Peeling potatoes.

Moore River Native Settlement kindergarten group Betty Cameron (seated)

Above: Kindergarten Group Betty Cameron (seated)​.

Moore River Native Settlement group playing 'rounders'

Above: Group playing ‘rounders’​.

Moore River Native Settlement Tommy Hrris bringing in sheep from rail

Above: Tommy Harris bringing in sheep from rail.

Moore River Native Settlement cookery class

Above: Cookery class with Gladys Thompson, Barbara Kalin, Daphne Thompson, Elva Doherty, Rosie Woods, Nell Quinn, Sylvia Dempster, Myrtle Cordella.

Moore River Native Settlement a typical camp outside of the settlement

Above: A typical camp outside of the settlement.

Moore River Native Settlement Blanche with Ethel

Above: Blanche with Ethel.

Moore River Native Settlement marriage of Glasys Gilligan and Artur Prosser

Above: The marriage of Gladys Gilligan, and Arthur Prosser with Rev Sprattling – Feb 1938​.

Moore River Native Settlement Gladys, Hilda, Joyce with babies

Above: Gladys Onslow, Hilda Rowe (nee Windie), Joyce Calyun, babies Ivy Onslow, Vera Rowe, Ettie Calyun.​

Moore River Native Settlement kindergarten children

Above: Kindergarten children.

Moore River Native Settlement middle school boys 1939

Above: Middle School Boys 1939. Back Row L-R : Doug Oliver, Reynold Mograge, Ernie Roberts, Bobbie Sailor, Frank Phillips, Frank Fox, Herman Hannah, Hugh Birach, Edward Morrison. Middle Row L-R : Harry Kelly, Harold Conway, Fred Jacob, Norman Chadd, Lionel Nannup. Front Row L-R : Laurie Ogilvie, Laurence Wittamarra, Henry Munyar.

Moore River Native Settlement MRNS Football team 1937

Above: MRNS Football team 1937.

Moore River Native Settlement two horseman with kangaroos

Above: Two horseman with kangaroos destined for the settlement Butcher’s shop.​

Moore River Native Settlement girls bathing in the Moore River 1937

Above: Girls bathing in the Moore River December 1937​.

Moore River Native Settlement back with a load of wood

Above: Back with a load of wood. 

Histoic photo of the inmates at Moore River Native Settlement

Above: The inmates at Moore River Native Settlement.

Page reviewed 25 June 2019