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The Lewington family, Coogee

Ellen Lewington was an Aboriginal woman living with her husband at Coogee, where her son Frederick applied for a land grant in 1893. The Lewingtons were known in the district, though Robert, a white man who married an Aboriginal woman, was shunned by other white settlers. Through several years, the family would be split up and come together again, divided by racism, cultural differences, and bureaucratic swindling.



City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
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Spearwood 6163

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Western Australia, 6965

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaditj boodjar kep wer kaadidjiny kalyakool yoodaniny, wer koora wer yeyi ngalak Birdiya koota-djinanginy.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.