‘Long before Europeans, traders came here from the north and art tells the story‘, The Conversation, 24 November 2016
Indigenous oral tradition and bark and rock paintings have recorded the early visits of Macassan trepangers to northern Australia. These visits were welcomed by Indigenous people.
Links to an exhibition at Fremantle’s WA Maritime Museum, on till April. ‘The story of the Macassan traders is one of many interweaving narratives that run through the exhibition. By piquing our interest, it challenges us all to dig deeper and find the links that unite us across the expansive arena of the Indian Ocean.’