In 1907 a number of Noongar people were gathered for a public corroboree performance which was described in newspaper articles by Daisy Bates and captured in a series of photographs. Though this event was organised by non-Aboriginal people it still echoed the Tradition corroborees where Aboriginal people would come together to share news, songs, dances and Lore.
The men and young boys in the above photograph were from different parts of Noongar Boodjar and represented a number of different Noongar language groups including Wadjuk, Yued and Menang peoples.
Joobaitch was an Elder from the Guildford area who was born in 1830. He lived through the first years of the Swan River Colony. Joobaitch can be seen in this image shaving soft wood to create the headpieces used in the corroboree.
William Monop (Monnop) was a Yued Noongar from the Victoria Plains area. He grew up at New Norcia shepherding for Bishop Salvado and maintained his Yued language and knowledge throughout his life.