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Menang Maritime History Exploration Evenings


Monday, 4 July

Wednesday, 6 July



Six Degrees

Dylan's on the Terrace


$25 per person

Includes hearty bowl of soup and a glass of wine

Albany’s Menang Noongar community have a rich maritime relationship with the regions coastline, whose stories are now being told through Menang and Maritime History Exploration Evenings.


Held across two enriching evenings with four knowledgeable and engaging presenters, the sessions explore maritime encounters between Menang Noongar and Wadjela peoples.

Join Menang Elders and local historians as they explore ancient Menang culture and history and their long standing connection to the maritime environment.

More information on each session is available below.


A hearty bowl of soup and a glass of wine included.  


Southern Ocean Perspectives

Monday, 4 July

Join Carol Pettersen and Sarah Drummond to delve into the past and learn about maritime encounters between Menang Noongar and Wadjela peoples.


The Albany shoreline has a long-standing history of serving as a liminal space between ocean and boodja (land), with ancient Menang Noongar peoples utilising this space for a variety of purposes such as hunting, fishing, collecting and storytelling.


Settler colonisers were originally sea people, exploring the globe with an eye to claim lands as their own. What was it like when these worlds collided?


Learn more about our collective past at this fascinating talk.

Menang Noongar and the Sea

Wednesday, 6 July

Bringing together oral tradition, historical records and archaeological evidence, join Adam Wolfe and Harley Coyne to explore the Aboriginal Menang Noongar people’s relationship with the sea and the region's estuaries and rivers.


Beginning with accounts of past sea level rise following the end of the last ice age and the formation of the current Albany coastline, the talk will discuss the understanding and use of the region's rich maritime resources in the context of the wider Menang economy, society and culture. This will range from drift whaling to fishing technology, from trade to the movement of peoples.


Previous accounts of this important history have been fragmented. This talk aims to provide a more connected and broader view that acknowledges that past attitudes and understanding of what constitutes a maritime culture have greatly limited understanding of the Menang Noongar's practical and spiritual experience of the sea and the waters that flow into it.

The Maritime Festival is presented by the City of Albany.

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With thanks to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications through Festivals Australia.