Roe­bourne in spot­light for 150th an­niver­sary

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr and Louise Alling­ham

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.”

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