Plants and People in Mooro Country a publication by the City of Joondalup
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 17:35
A little history of the Yellagonga Park, which the “Friends of Yellagonga” have been taking part in restoring various areas over many years. Information sourced from Wikipedia and the Web
Spotted recently at the Railway Museum in Bassendean by Roving FOY Member, Ken.
Note the variations of the spelling of the Land currently named Yellagonga. i.e Yalagonga and Yellowgonga (Map) All similar but variations obviously came about in the interpretations of the Aboriginal spoken word into English
Information on the Whadjuk people and their lands.
Where is the land we’re talking about; and who are the Whadjuk people?
A good summary exists on this Wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whadjuk Whadjuk, also called Wadjuk, Whajook and Wadjug, is the name according to Australian anthropologist, Norman Tindale for the Aboriginal group inhabiting the Western Australian region of the Perth bioregion of the Swan Coastal Plain, and extending below Walyunga into the surrounding Jarrah Forests. The etymology is unknown but it has been suggested that it may come from Wirtj, meaning "those who went before" (i.e. ancestral ones), and implied that Tindale's informants considered all Whadjuk people were dead. The boundaries of this region are the watershed division north of Yanchep between the Swan-Avon and the Moore Rivers, in the north, the Walyunga-Gidgegannup (from Gidgie = spear, gan- = make, -up = place) region to the north east, the Canning River catchment to the south east, to the coast at Port Kennedy. This is the region of the Quindinup (from Qwenda = Bandicoot, -up = place), Cottesloe, Karrakatta (from Karra = spider, katta = hill, the location now of the Western Australian Parliament building) and Bassendean sand dune systems and intervening wetlands, out to the fertile loams of the Guildford area, and the Darling Scarp to the edge of the Wandoo region, inhabited by the Balardong people to the east. To the north, according to Tindale one finds the Juat, Yued or Yuat, and to the south, the Pindjarup or Pinjareb peoples.
Here’s a description & map from the elders. Some names might be familiar to you:
Tribal leader of Mooro region, was Yalagonga
Tribal leader of Beeloo region, was Munday
Tribal leader of Beeliar region, was Midgegooroo
Tribal leader of Wurerup region, was Weeip.
For the Train spotters amongst you the following information is offered.
X and Xa Class Diesel Electric (X 1001 Yalagonga, XA 1405 Warienga)
Builder: Beyer Peacock/Metropolitan Vickers, Stockton on Tees
Type 2-DO-2 Diesel electric
Engine Crossley V8
Total weight 79 Tons
The X class diesel electric locomotive was the first mainline diesel used by the WAGR. Introduced in 1954 the class were the only rigid frame diesel locomotives to run in Australia. The class was initially troubled with teething problems but eventually settled down to become a long serving locomotive on the WAGR. The locomotives were able to haul country passenger trains with faster running schedules compared to steam locomotives. The class had been designed with a light axle loading which enabled the class to operate over the entire system, including light rail branch lines. The WAGR was therefore able to withdraw steam traction from some of the more arid areas of the state where suitable locomotive water had always been a problem.
Sixteen locomotives were introduced in 1955 fitted for multiple unit working and were classified XA. The main distinguishing feature was the provision of nose end doors to facilitate movement between the locomotives while on the move. Ten of the original X class were subsequently fitted for multiple unit working and were classified as XB. The XB locomotives were not, however, fitted with nose end doors.
Information sourced from the Rail Heritage of Western Australia
Two new walk ways have been announced for the 2011/12 State Budget in the Yellagonga Regional Park, Bill Marmion, Minister for Environment; Water announced today.
From Ministerial Media Statements:
The State Government will spend $1million during the next two years to improve access and walkways in key regional parks and Bush Forever sites across Perth.
Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the program would improve public access to one of Australia’s best networks of bush reserves in an urban environment and support the Government’s ‘Rediscover parks’ initiative.“In particular, the program will provide improved access for park visitors, enabling people to discover areas that were not easily accessible before,” Mr Marmion said.
“According to Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) figures, the number of people visiting these areas has increased from about 1.4 million in 2005 to more than 1.7 million today. The improvements to walkways and other access routes will enable increased visits without adversely impacting on the natural area. They will also help provide access to some areas for people with disabilities as well as improve access for fire crews.”
This year’s program includes a 1.5km walk from Woodvale Drive to Perry’s Paddock and a 1.7km walk along the east side of Walluburnup Swamp in Yellagonga Regional Park. A two kilometre walk from the top of Lesmurdie Falls to its base is due for upgrade in Mundy Regional Park, and works will start on a walk path from Palm Terrace to the foot of the falls.
A 1.4km dual path in the Matilda Bay Reserve and Pelican Point Nature Reserve are also set for upgrade.
The Minister said DEC will spend $545,000 this year on a range of works in regional parks, including heritage protection of Perry’s Cottage in Yellagonga Regional Park and upgrades at Nyyerbup Circle in Woodman Point Regional Park.
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 15:59
From City of Joondalup:
The City of Joondalup’s Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project at Neil Hawkins Park has been recognised at the 2011 WA Heritage Awards, winning the Outstanding Interpretation Project That Enhances a Place category.
The WA Heritage Awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation and interpretation in Western Australia. The Awards honour individuals and organisations whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of cultural heritage.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said winning a heritage award was a significant achievement and confirmed the value of sharing the many stories associated with heritage sites. “The Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project is about raising awareness in the community of the environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Yellagonga Regional Park, which is one of the City’s most beautiful natural areas and a real tourist attraction,” he said.
“The interpretive signage within Neil Hawkins Park provides detail on the biodiversity of the area and how the Nyungar people have used the surrounding native plant species.”
“The annual awards highlight best practice in conservation and interpretation of State Registered heritage places and winning this particular award confirms that Joondalup has heritage attractions of value for Western Australians and tourists to the region.”
Heritage Awards judges said the City’s Yellagonga Interpretive Signage Project was “an outstanding multilayered project that encompasses all aspects of heritage. This project focuses on our sense of place in an environment that has minimal European built history”.
Mayor Pickard said the City would like to acknowledge Indigenous elder Neville Collard for his assistance in providing information and research for the Interpretive Signage Project and the Department of Environment and Conservation for the grant funding for this important initiative.
The City was also a finalist in the category of Outstanding Heritage Practices by a Local Government for its Local History Digitalisation Project, which involves transferring the City’s extensive Local History collection into electronic form.
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 May 2012 15:56
Named to honour a leader of the Mooro Aboriginal people, Yellagonga Regional Park protects an important chain of wetlands and surrounding bushland. The diversity of these habitats supports a wide variety of wildlife. Nestled between the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo, the park runs north-south and provides a number of excellent picnicking locations.
Nearest DEC office:
Regional Parks Unit, Level 1, 4-6 Short St, Fremantle WA 6959
Contact DEC on 9431 6500 to find out more about volunteering in the park.
It is located approximately 20km north of Perth City and adjoins the city centres of Joondalup and Wanneroo.
Approximately 30 minutes drive from Perth City.
Access to the park is via Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive which flank the park on the east and west respectfully. Ocean Reef Road, Whitfords Avenue and Hepburn Avenue also provide convenient access and connectivity to the park. Direct access to the main recreation node, Neil Hawkins Park, is via Boas Avenue. Other areas of interest such as Joondalup Park, Scenic Park and the Wanneroo Recreation Centre can be accessed via Scenic Drive. The heritage sites of Perry's Paddock and Cockman House are located off Ocean Reef Road. Parking is available at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup Park and Scenic Drive Park. Quiet streets surrounding the park enable easy walking and cycling access to the park for local residents. Train stations within walking distance of the Park are Joondalup, Currambine and Edgewater. TransPerth operates bus services to areas surrounding the park with many routes adjoining the park.
Yellagonga Regional Park is a great place to visit all year round.
Attractions within the park include Neil Hawkins Park, Lake Joondalup, Lake Goollelal, Beenyup Swamp, Walluburnup Swamp, and the historic sites of Luisini Winery and Perry's Paddock. Walking, wildflower spotting, picnicking and cycling are popular activities in the park.
Neil Hawkins Park is the main recreation area and has grassed picnic areas, tables, BBQs, toilets, play equipment, car parking and park information. It is a short walk from Joondalup Train and Bus Station.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 17:20