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Is the Noongar word for 'river' or 'stream' but also a suburb in Perth.[1] Noongar people believe that the spirit of the Waugal (Rainbow Serpent) moves within these rivers.

The Whadjuk people are divided by the Swan and Canning Rivers into four residence groups. The Beeliar Whadjuk people's country is to the south west of Perth, between the Canning River and Swan River. At the beginning of white settlement they were led by Midgegooroo, father of Yagan.[2]

title Noongar of Beeliar - Swan River

Scarp Pool[edit | edit source]

Blackwood river[edit | edit source]

Beeliar - Suburb[edit | edit source]

Beeliar is a Perth suburb. 'Beeliar' is the Noongar name for the southern metropolitan region of Perth. RM Lyon recorded the name in 1833, referring to it as 'the district of Midjegoorong (or Midgegooroo)' (an Aboriginal leader)[3]

'Beeliar' means the run of water il a westerly direction by or through that place.[4]

Beeliar was the territory of Midgegooroo (or Midgegoorong), who was the Nyoongar elder for the area at the time of European settlement and better known as father to Yagan. His family had customary rights to land usage over an extensive area of what is now southern metropolitan Perth, and were allowed to move freely across even more area, presumably because of kinship ties with neighbours. Midgegooroo played a major role in Aboriginal resistance to white settlement in the Perth region and was subsequently executed in 1833.[5]

Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bernard Rooney (2011). "The Nyoongar Legacy". Batchelor Press. ISBN 978 174131 232 4
  2. Debra Hughes-Hallett (2010). "Indigenous history of the Swan and Canning rivers". Publisher Curtin University. Archived 19 March 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2023
  3. Beeliar. Landgate, Govt. of WA. Retrieved 10 November 2016
  4. Beeliar. Boodjar - Nyungar Placenames in the South-West of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 November 2016
  5. "Assessment of the status of river pools in the Avon catchment". Water Resource Management Series Report No. WRM 47. December 2007. Department of Water, Government of Western Australia. Archived 25 March 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2023