History of Jigalong

Aboriginal artwork

Jigalong is an Aboriginal community located 170km east of Newman and is on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The town settlement is over 100 years old and is home to the Martu people.

The Jigalong population fluctuates between 100 and 500 — depending on the time of year and activities in the community.

The Martu people manage the community and still maintain their traditional values and culture. A large percentage of residents are multilingual and speak English as a second language.

In recent years, the community is perhaps most well-known for the ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ which was made into a movie and premiered at the Jigalong Community School in 2002. The movie follows the story of local Aboriginal girl Molly Craig who trekked 1600km from Moore River back to Jigalong.

Red dirt countryside near Jigalong

Three aboriginal girls in a swimming pool smiling

Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools

The Remote Pools program provides recreational and educational swimming programs in Indigenous communities, to encourage safe aquatic participation.

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