Mowanjum Community - WA

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  Aboriginal Community


DEG: -17.355864 123.704741
DMS: 17º 21' 21.11" S 123º 42' 17.07" E
UTM: 51 K 8080939mN 574873mE
Altitude: 25.95m


Address & Contact

Second St
Derby WA 6728
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A


Mowanjum is a medium-sized Aboriginal community, located 10 km southeast of Derby in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley. At the 2016 Australian census, Mowanjum had a population of 311.The settlement began after the establishment of a mission station by the Presbyterian Church in 1912, first called the Port George IV mission and later Kunmunya. History: After an initial attempt to set up a mission near Walcott Inlet by Dr. John Yule had been abandoned by the lay missionaries who followed, Robert and Frances Wilson, owing to lack of fresh water at the site, a fresh site was sought. In 1912 Rev. R.H. Wilson and his party selected a new site at Port George IV, not far away. Within a few more years, sometime before 1930, this site too had to be abandoned, owing to lack of water and arable land, with the new site known as Kunmunya.Rev. J.R.B. Love was in important figure in the history of the mission, although he was away from the outbreak of World War I in 1914, when he enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in 1914, and only returned in 1927. He subsequently remained as superintendent until 1941. Love translated the gospel of Saint Mark and Saint Luke into the Worrorra language, and mission children were taught in both English and Worrorra.In 1949, the land, livestock and equipment of Munja Aboriginal Cattle Station was handed over to the missionaries, which overstretched the capacity of the missionaries. In the meantime, Kumunya experienced crop failures, and after deliberations among the various groups, they all relocated in 1951 to Wotjulum, near Yampi Sound, about 130 kilometres south-west of Port George, near Coppermine Estuary. finally, to the outskirts of Derby near the airport in 1956.The name Mowanjum was inscribed in the Derby marsh in 1956 by David Mowaljarlai. It means "settled" or "on firm ground. The three men attributed to founding the Mowanjum Community are Albert Barunga, Alan Mungulu and David Mowaljarlai.[citation needed]The community was again shifted in 1975 to its present site 10 km east of Derby, following government requirements for additional land for the Derby Airport.
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Closest Weather Station

Derby at 14/01:30pm WST
Distance from Mowanjum Community 4.91km W
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Derby Aero
Distance from Mowanjum Community 4.91km W
Mean Max. °C35.334.335.135.532.730.430.632.635.337.038.137.2
Mean Min. °C25.725.425.022.718.815.614.816.019.523.025.526.3
Mean Rain mm200.3200.3135.325.719.

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