Sharing Our Stories: Aboriginal Life in Cockburn

Aboriginal Oral History Project

The City of Cockburn Aboriginal Oral History Project records and summarises the oral histories of eleven indigenous people with a custodial or cultural connection to the Cockburn district. The interviews were conducted by Dr. Leonie Stella from Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University of Technology.  

The interviews are available on the Cockburn History website.

Quintessentially Cockburn stories

Marissa Verma

Marissa Verma is synonymous with Cockburn, having grown up in Hamilton Hill with Walliabup-Bibra Lake and Coogee Beach on the shores of Derbal Nara (Cockburn Sound) as her playground. 

Marissa is the founder and owner of successful Aboriginal business Bindi Bindi Dreaming based right here in Cockburn since 2000.  With the permission of her Elders, Marissa shares the local Nyungar culture at regular workshops that sell-out in record time, and a catering service offering bush and other traditional foods is in constant demand.

Learn more about Marissa's story in our Quintessentially Cockburn stories.

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Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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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 and present.