Littlewell Working Group
“Gungoo (Uncle), can you tell and show us where we belong?”
For Thomas Cameron of the Littlewell Working Group, this was the question that started the journey to protect the Littlewell Aboriginal Reserve.
Located on the outskirts of Mingenew, a town nearly 400 kilometres north of Perth, the Littlewell Reserve closed in 1972 and handed over to the Mingenew Shire for light industrial use.
In 2010, a group of 30 elders and former residents of the Littlewell Reserve came together to form the Littlewell Working Group. The group’s aim was to restore 10 acres of Country and preserve the stories and cultural knowledge of the area.
The members of the Littlewell Working Group worked tirelessly, using their own resources, time and money to restore and maintain the Reserve, while working with community stakeholders.
To commemorate the lives and stories of the Littlewell mob, the Working Group worked with Indigenous Community Volunteers to create oral histories of the Littlewell Elders and develop a heritage trail to commemorate the people who have lived in the Littlewell community.
Their dream became a reality in 2019 with the official opening of the Littlewell heritage site.
The Littlewell Reserve is now a protected place of healing, language, belonging, history, heritage and culture. Giving back to future generations the stories of their past.