Our award winning radio documentary “Warburton Story”, narrated by NG Media’s Belle Davidson, aired on ABC Radio National’s Hindsight program in February 2013, with favourable comments from as far away as the east coast!
Warburton or Milyirrtjarra Community is in the Ngaanyatjarra lands in the Gibson Desert, and is one of the most remote places on the continent.
It’s 920 kilometres northeast of Kalgoorlie and over a thousand kilometres from Alice Springs.
Warburton was established by the United Aborigine’s Missionaries (UAM) in the 1930’s. Yarnangu people, the missionaries and their families lived in relative harmony until the mission ‘closed’ in 1973.
For many reasons—not just the way the missionaries and the traditional owners worked together, but also because of the limited funds available to the UAM and the mission’s remoteness from ‘civilisation’—Warburton thrived as a place of mutual respect. Yarnangu people tell their stories of how life was for themselves and their families in the early days of the mission.