The Yarli Project

Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this material contains references which may contains terms that reflect authors’ views, or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded but may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


In 2020 the Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association began to expand the local Aboriginal cultural and heritage displays in the Milparinka Heritage Precinct by consulting with local Aboriginal people as well as researching the documents and articles that contained references to Aboriginal people. It soon became apparent that these references were not readily available unless a good deal of an individual’s time was spent on research. Consequently, funding was sought to enable as many of these references as possible to be collated into a single document that would be available to the public for research and information purposes.

The information gathered was to be used to identify local cultural practices, diets, map where people lived, and the interaction they had with Europeans. The information had to be collated into print and digital format and be available to the many visitors to Milparinka annually as well as a wider online audience. The material would complement the work already undertaken by the Association in developing an exclusive Aboriginal interpretive space within the Precinct. Although there is considerable overlap with other language groups in the area the focus of the project is on the Maliangapa people, those whose traditional lives centred around the locality we now call Milparinka.

The main repository for the material is  the Archive Room at the Milparinka Heritage Precinct where it is be available in print as well as being computer based.

The Milparinka Heritage and Tourism Association acknowledges the support of the  NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

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