Hamilton Hill Swamp Precinct Heritage Study

Indigenous & Early European Heritage Study

In October 2019 the Hamilton Hill Community Group secured State Government funding from the Office of Heritage and the Honourable Minister Simone Frances McGurk, MLA for the Fremantle electorate. The funding was used to undertake a comprehensive heritage study of Dixon Park Reserve and surrounds, with support from the City of Cockburn and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

Terra Rosa Consulting were selected as experienced heritage consultants and undertook extensive consultation with Traditional Owners and local residents to inform the Indigenous and Early European history and significance of the precinct.

Terra Rosa Consulting have now finalised the heritage study and are grateful to all the people and organisations who contributed their time, energy, resources and ideas to the development of the Study.

How was the Study undertaken?

  1. Community Engagement Strategy – the City consulted with key stakeholders to prepare an appropriate engagement process which would be used to undertake the study. Community comments, ​edits, approval of Engagement Strategy

  2. Early engagement – community notices about the study placed around the community and online platforms and two public drop-in sessions.

  3. Desktop Review – Aboriginal and European Literature Review and Gap Analysis

  4. Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment with Nyungar Traditional Owners who met Terra Rosa Consultants at the Hamilton Hill Swamp Precinct to  assess its Aboriginal heritage values and significance
    A. Publication of Consultation Report for review by the Nyoongar Traditional Owner participants. A consultation report was written and sent to the Traditional Owners for review to ensure that culturally sensitive information was appropriately managed and to confirm the recommendations provided. Feedback was integrated into the final edit of this report.

  5. Historical heritage consultation – consultation with local historians and community members and the distribution of an online survey provided to those who attended the drop-in sessions or had indicated that they would like to be involved throughout the entire consultation process.
  6. Review of findings – this included providing a draft copy to all registered stakeholders, community members and Traditional Owners who participated; and seeking comments from the general public.

  7. Finalised Study – Study updated in response to feedback and now released and available for viewing.

What happens next?

Traditional Owners recommended that the Precinct be registered as an Aboriginal Site with Department of Planning Lands and Heritage, due to the significant cultural values present. Two site boundary options were submitted for assessment at the request of the Traditional Owners.

The study may be launched at an upcoming event at the Hamilton Hill Hub with details to follow.

All community members and interested parties are welcome to view the Indigenous and Early European Heritage Study below. 

Hamilton Hill Swamp Precinct - Final Document

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Hamilton Hill Swamp Precinct - Heritage Study - Final - 25.08.2020 PDF document
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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.