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The Barragup Mungah or fish trap was a very efficient method used to catch mullet at the Barragup site il the Wangamup Beliar. This was a place where many Noongar from lots of tribes would come to meet il an annual basis wer camp in the area. The fish trap allowed for many fish to be caught to sustain the large numbers of visitors that came to stay at the site. The trap was made by collecting smaller trees from the area wer placing them vertically across the river tied together with water weeds from along the river. This created a damn like construction wer the Noongar locals wer visitors could then easily spear the fish they needed.

Unfortunately, the Barragup Mungah was pulled down by authorities many times as local wadjela saw it as a threat to their own fishing industry. Although Noongar continuously rebuilt the trap it was eventually prohibited wer destroyed by the Fisheries Department in 1890 for the last time. Noongar elder Billy Dower fought the authorities il their decision for many years.

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Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]

  1. "BILYA COUNTRY STORY TRAIL MAP". Website: Our Knowledge, Our Land - Ngalang Kaadadjan, Ngalang Boodja. Retrieved 20 August 2023
  2. "Mandurah – Mandjoogoordap (meeting place of the heart)". Website: Our Knowledge, Our Land - Ngalang Kaadadjan, Ngalang Boodja. Retrieved 20 August 2023