Winjan's Camp


City of Mandurah

Place Number



McLarty St Halls Head

Location Details

Reserve 45814

Local Government




Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - To be assessed Current 19 Dec 2008

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 20 Jul 1999 Category 1

Statement of Significance

Daisy Bates suggested that Winjan’s was the oldest purely Western Australian family tree recorded, as it dated back to the days before Flinders visited King George sound, and incorporated the genealogy of the groups of the Bibbulman people who occupied the whole of the South-West at the time of European settlement. George Winjan was well-known to Mandurah’s European population. He was a leader of his own people and was respected by black and white people alike. He also served as a mediator between both communities and his life can be viewed as an early example of reconciliation. Plans to rejuvenate Winjan’s Camp signify the importance of this site to Mandurah’s local Aboriginal population.

Physical Description

Winjan’s Camp was set aside for open space in recognition of its significance. The developers of the surrounding canal estate have developed the area in consultation with the Winjan Aboriginal Corporation.


George Winjan camped in the bush behind Sutton’s farm. There were once many old trees on the site, particularly tuarts, but most of them are now dead or in poor condition. A natural soak is located where the paperbark tree still stands, and it was here that Winjan once lived with his wife, Susan/Sarah (accounts differ) in a shanty that was probably built for him by George Sutton. According to Daisy Bates, George Winjan’s native name was Yaburgurt, and he was also known as Wittungit. Apparently his European friends called him ‘George’, and Winjan himself tacked this name onto his father’s name, (Winjan) in imitation of the European way. Old Winjan (George’s father), is believed to have ruled the whole South-West tribes. Although Pinjarra was his headquarters, Mandurah was his birthplace. Old Winjan died in 1884. George Winjan is believed to have survived the Battle of Pinjarra (28.10.1834) as a young child, an incident which killed or injured about half of the tribe’s adult male population, as well as women and children. In spite of this, and the fact that he was the leader of the remainder of his people, he earned the respect of Mandurah’s white community. He died in 1915. The Winjan Community intends to rejuvenate the site.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Frank Nannup Conversation 22-11-1997
Daisy Bates "The native tribes of Western Australia" Isobel White (ed) National Library of Australian, Cnaberra 1985
J E Hammond "Winjan's People: the story of the South-West Australian Aboriginies" Imperial Printing Co Ltd, Perth 1933
Daisy Bates "Aboriginal Perth: Bibbulman biographies and Legend" Hesperian Press, Victoria Park, WA 1992

Place Type

Historic Site


Epoch General Specific
Present Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Aboriginal people
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying

Creation Date

03 Nov 2004

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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