Roebourne in spotlight for 150th anniversary
As Roebourne locals swing into action preparing for the town’s 150th anniversary, many have shared their memories of the town they call home.
Pyramid Station manager Glenn Connell recalls the strong ties Roebourne once had to the pastoral industry, a relationship he said laid the framework to build the Pilbara into the thriving region it is today.
Before pastoralists arrived Roebourne was (and is) Ngarluma country, but from the time the Withnells arrived to set up home at the base of Mt Welcome to today, the town has had many faces.
Ngarluma man Patrick Churnside is part of Tjaabi, a Big Hart and Yijala Yala Project show to tell Roebourne’s story through the eyes of the traditional custodians of the land. It hits the stage tonight.
“They can expect to hear some sad stories, some funny stories, some historical cultural stories as well, in the form of the songs that have been passed on for many generations,” he said. “The people who call Roebourne home hope this week will show the nation what this town has become.”