Moorditj Footprints – Noongar Stories of East Perth

Moorditj Footprints is a community led project to collect and share the memories of Aboriginal people who lived in East Perth in the 1950s, '60s & 70s.

East Perth and Aboriginal heritage

East Perth is a special place for many Aboriginal people. For thousands of years before colonisation, the land along the river foreshore around East Perth was a traditional Noongar gathering and hunting place. It was also a place of spiritual importance connected to the Derbal Yerrigan and Waugal creation story.

In more recent times, East Perth became a much loved community for Aboriginal people from all around the state. In the late 1970s, the Aboriginal community of East Perth began to disperse as more families found homes in outer metropolitan suburbs.

While former East Perth community members may live in different areas today, a strong sense of shared history and connection remains. Moorditj Footprints recognises and honours these connections and stories.

About the project

The project was started by Noongar Elder Lindsay Calyun, who grew up in East Perth in the 1960s. Uncle Lindsay wanted to record the yarns of Noongar storytellers and families who once called East Perth home. He wanted to leave a lasting record of the community that was once home to many Aboriginal people and families.

Lindsay's dream was supported by a group of Elders, family and friends who shared his love for East Perth. The group reached out to the City of Vincent and to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for funding support and practical help to record and share their stories.



More than [XX] people meet during public meetings in Mount Lawley, City Farm, and Beaufort St.


Following on from the public meetings, the team conducted, recorded, and photographed interviews.


More than [XX] people meet during public meetings in Mount Lawley, City Farm, and Beaufort St.

Meet the team


Listen the stories

There are many common threads in the stories of the ten community members who were interviewed. These stories form a starting point for ongoing yarns and discussion with more families and individuals who would like to add their stories.


Over the course of the project, several key supporters passed away or became ill and were unable to be individually interviewed. The project team was deeply saddened by the passing of June Della Bona (nee Garlett-Quartermaine) who took part in the early community meetings sharing her voice and stories prior to her passing in December 2020.

Lindsay and the project team are also grateful to the family of Doreen Yarran Kickett Creed for allowing her story to be shared following her passing in 2022. Special thanks also to Mary Ann Jebb for sharing her 2007 interview with John Pell who was an early supporter of the project and keen participant in all community meetings.

Learn more

Learn more on the project and the processes.

Moorditj Footprint Project