Noongar Heritage

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The Ballardong Noongar people lived in this area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. The people called the area Duidgee, believed to mean place of plenty and from which the word Toodyay is derived.

Life revolved around the practical aspects of food-gathering and survival interwoven with a rich and complex culture of spiritual beliefs and traditions handed down over generations through stories, dance, symbolic art forms and songs.

The river was central to life as provider of water and food and a sacred site on the banks was a burial ground.