The Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) Aboriginal Burial Ground is significant to all Aboriginal people in Western Australia. The site contains the remains of Aboriginal men and boys incarcerated on Rottnest Island during the Island’s use as an Aboriginal prion from 1838-1904, and subsequent forced labour camp for Aboriginal prisoners during the years following until 1931.
It is estimated that at least 370 of the approximately 4,000 men and boys who were imprisoned on the Island are buried at this site in unmarked graves.
The Rottnest Foundation, with the support of the Rottnest Island Authority, will soon be advertising a tender for the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project.
The tender is focused on the first two stages of Phase 2 which will involve consultation with the WA Aboriginal community and the creation of an integrated landscape and interpretation design. This Tender project will be funded using part of a Lotterywest Community Spaces Grant.
The Request for Tender will appear in The West Australian newspaper on 9 September 2017.