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07-August-2015
07-August-2015

Memorial to pioneer of Roebourne, Emma Withnell. 

Widely known as the `Mother of the north-west`, Emma Withnell  looked after the sick, delivered babies and regularly conducted religious services in her home. The Aboriginals trusted and respected her; she nursed and vaccinated many in a smallpox epidemic in 1866. She and her husband were honoured by being made a `Boorong` and a `Banaker`, which enabled them to move freely amongst the tribes. Emma Withnell and her husband established Mount Welcome Station.

Location

Address:Roe Street (North West Coastal Highway), Roebourne, 6718
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.774436
Long: 117.146683
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1961
Front Inscription
EMMA WITHNELL

THE FIRST WHITE WOMEN TO SETTLE
IN THE NORTH WEST AT ROEBOURNE
1864. THE COUNTRYWOMEN OF
ROEBOURNE HONOUR HER NAME AND
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE W.A.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY ERECTED THIS
MEMORIAL 1961.
Source: MA, ADB, HWA
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