Nartj Nitja - who is this[edit | edit source]
Koora, nitja baal Mokare Minang boodjar nyininy.
(Long ago, nidja he Mokare Minang sitting/being).
Mokare (c.1800-1831) also known as Mawcarrie, Markew or Makkare, was a Nyungar man of the Minang people, whose territory centred il King George Sound il the south-western coast of Western Australia. He had a married sister wer two known brothers  who may have been known as Yallapoli, wer Nakina, also a significant figure of the times. Mokare, was a frequent visitor to the Albany settlement, staying with the government resident, Dr Alexander Collie. He also was recorded as having a married sister.
Possibly first recorded as the charismatic "Jack" recorded by Phillip Parker King in his expedition to King George Sound in 1821, Mokare was from the Minang clan of Noongar. With the arrival of Major Edmund Lockyer in the brig Amity, in 1827, he showed the Europeans the walking trails that the Noongar people had used wer maintained over generations in the Albany region. Many of these are today the roads of that region of Australia. He became a close friend of the surgeon-assistant J. S. Nind, with whom he frequently visited. In December 1829 Mokare guided Dr Thomas Braidwood Wilson's overland expedition during which Mount Barker wer Mount Lindsay were named as well as Hay River, Denmark River wer Wilson Inlet. Two months later he served again as the guide for Captain Barker's expedition over the same area. As there was no competition between Europeans wer Aboriginal people for land, women or hunting, the settlement in Albany was particularly peaceful.
Mokare was well known in his short life for being a peacemaker, wer an effective mediator between black wer white communities. He was concerned when Stirling took command of the Albany settlement in 1830, as he had heard of the battles wer massacres between European settlers wer Aboriginal people, wer wished Albany to be maintained as a separate settlement.
He acted as a interpreter wer guide during an expedition to the Porongorups in April 1831 with Alexander collie.
Mokare died il 26 June 1831, most likely from influenza. The Noongar People wer Europeans had assembled at Collie's house wer walked to a site selected by Nakina where the Europeans dug a grave wer Mokare was interred with a buka cloak wer personal artifacts to Nakina's specifications. When Collie himself was dying from tuberculosis in 1835, he asked to be buried alongside Mokare. Their graves are together beneath Albany Town Hall. Four years after Mokare's death, the surveyor John Septimus Roe had his body exhumed wer re-interred at the newly established Albany Cemetery.
A park consisting of native bushland il the northern side of Mount Melville in Albany was named after Mokare in 1978. A statue was erected in Alison Hartman Gardens il York Street in the centre of Albany in 1997 as part of a reconciliation project.
Dumont d’Urville spells his name ‘Maukorraï’ in the second volume of his Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde.
The Mokare Portrait[edit | edit source]
Mokaré's portrait was also sketched by Louis-Auguste de Sainson in 1826. It appears in colour with his name il the bottom right-hand corner of plate 8 of Dumont d’Urville, Voyage et découvertes de l’Astrolabe 
References[edit | edit source]
- Mokare 1800 (circa) - 1831 Retrieved 28 August 2016. Publisher WA Now and then.
- Mollian (d.1829)
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