Toodyay – A Little Bird’s Song

History is highly dependent on how we interpret the past and what we want to believe now.  As long as we can remember there has been a controversy over the meaning and origin of the name Toodyay.  We have been led to believe by our local Council that the name derives from a Ballardong term … Continued

Typha root: an ancient nutritious food in Noongar culture

In our paper on bardi grubs we mooted the possibility that indigenous people of southwestern Australia practised the earliest known form of insect husbandry. It is not hard to imagine that these same people also practised a type of incipient agriculture, as noted by Grey (1841: 294) with his reference to the cultivation of yunjeedie … Continued

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