AUSTRALIA’S ICONIC CANNING STOCK Route, created in 1906, runs for 1800 km through Western Australia from the Kimberley to Wiluna in the state’s mid-west.
The history of this famous cattle track has typically been told from a colonial perspective, but a new exhibition at the Australian Museum , which has previously toured the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, seeks to retell the story through Aboriginal eyes and voices
“The Canning Stock Route (CSR) is a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous histories intersect. This exhibition tells the story of the recovery of the Indigenous histories,” says Michael Pickering, head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program at the National Museum of Australia. “For many years the story of the stock route was represented as a white man’s story.
This exhibition, and the collection that forms its heart, allows us to recognise that its history goes back much further and is held in the hearts and minds of the Aboriginal people of the region.”