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Survivors of Wadjemup Exhibition

Immerse yourself in Wadjemup’s Aboriginal cultural heritage at this powerful exhibition.

Survivors of Wadjemup Exhibition
  • 1 July to 17 October 2024
  • 10 am to 3:30 pm
  • Free event

Enter the Wadjemup Museum to explore reconciliation and truth-telling of Wadjemup’s prison history in a safe and positive environment.

The Survivors of Wadjemup exhibition provides visitors with a strong connection to the Aboriginal cultural heritage of the island through a variety of interpretive panels displaying stories of survival and resilience of Aboriginal prisoners and their descendants.

The exhibition is accompanied by the award-winning short film Wadjemup Warda-kadak (Survivors of Wadjemup), featuring four descendants of the Survivors of Wadjemup prison era—Jane Narrier, Brendan Moore, Murray Jackamarra and Patrick Jackamarra.

Please note: Entry to Wadjemup Museum is by donation. PayWave and cash donations are accepted.

Wadjemup / Rottnest Island is located on Whadjuk Noongar country, and is a place of historical and cultural importance for Western Australian Aboriginal peoples.

The Survivors of Wadjemup exhibition provides an opportunity for all visitors to engage in reconciliation by understanding Wadjemup’s Aboriginal history.

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) developed the exhibition in consultation with the Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG), consisting of Aboriginal community members with traditional custodianship links to the island. The WARG advise on the island’s Aboriginal cultural heritage and reconciliation. Advice for Survivors of Wadjemup was also sought from Whadjuk Noongar Elders Neville Collard and Farley Garlett.

Read more information about Aboriginal history on Wadjemup.

Where to find the Survivors of Wadjemup Exhibition

The exhibition is located at the Wadjemup Museum, in the Old Mill & Hay Store building.

You’ll find it behind the settlement mall, and an easy walk from the main jetty in Thomson Bay.