My House

My house was built on Whadjuk land. For millennia, the people of the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River) plains and hinterland cared for the land. In return, they were sustained physically, economically and spiritually by its abundance. All of that changed in 1829 when British colonists arrived, bringing with them notions of private property based on land use that totally disrupted then supplanted that of traditional ownership. One of the earliest colonisers was Liverpudlian merchant John Butler. He arrived with his brother, Archibald, in their brig Skerne, in 1830. With them was John’s wife (Anne) and their three children (William, John and Ann). John brought with him sufficient wealth to a

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