Truth telling project for Wadjemup

Posted: September 14th, 2021

An important project to recognise the history of Aboriginal imprisonment and heal the impacts of Aboriginal incarceration Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) continues to gather pace.

Between 1839 and 1931 more than 4000 Aboriginal men and boys were forcibly taken to Wadjemup and almost 400 never returned. Many of them came from within YMAC’s representative regions – the mid-West, Murchison, Gascoyne and Pilbara.

The Western Australian Government is working in partnership with the Whadjuk, Noongar and greater Aboriginal communities to formally acknowledge and reconcile the Aboriginal prison history on the Island. Whadjuk Elders and Leaders have developed a decision-making structure to support Aboriginal governance within the project, known as a Cultural Authority Framework. It is being implemented with the support of Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Rottnest Island Authority.

The project is intended to include truth-telling, ceremony, and commemoration through memorials.

Your voices are vital to ensuring the State Government can work with Aboriginal communities to heal the impacts of the trauma that occurred on the island. To find out more about the Wadjemup Project and how to get involved contact Aboriginal Productions and Promotions at or

Wadjemup Project information brochure