The way we were

The way we were – Local Ballardong labourers (pictured above) at Culham in 1905.

Toodyay’s first European settlers soon came to depend on Ballardong people as shepherds, fencers, farmhands and trackers.

By 1891 more than half of Toodyay’s indigenous population was listed as working on farms and were often paid low wages or in food rations, blankets or clothing.

A requirement to pay equal wages to indigenous workers was not established until 1965.

Photo and text from Connor’s Mill display in Stirling Terrace. Original picture: Battye Library.