Wadjemup is the Noongar name for Rottnest Island. In viewing the material contained in this database please consider the following significant and complex factors that impacted on the lives of the people who were imprisoned:
  • Laws and language;
  • Cultural understandings;
  • Unfamiliarity with an introduced complex legal system;
  • Experience of being removed from family and ancestral connection;
  • Prejudices of the courts;
  • Severity of the sentences; and
  • The Aborigines Act 1905.
Please note that further information may be available on request to the direct descendants of individuals who were sent to Wadjemup. A request can be submitted by selecting the ‘Request more information’ button in the Details section or by completing a hardcopy Family History Form available from Aboriginal History Research Services

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