Friends of Cantonment Hill

Cantonment Hill/ Dwerda Weelardinup is a high hill near the Swan River mouth, bound by the Australian Army Museum, Tuckfield Street, the Naval Stores and Tuckfield Oval. There are Rottnest Island Pines and Rottnest Island Tea Trees which are indigenous to the site, growing on limestone capstone.

Friends of Cantonment Hill aim to care and advocate for Cantonment Hill. Cantonment Hill is a registered sacred Aboriginal site  and one of only two Bush Forever sites (site #490) in City of Fremantle. The Friends group was established in 2007 to encourage the City of Fremantle to retain the area for leisure use as Queen Victoria decreed in 1901 after the Department of Defence had sequestered it in 1917 for military use.

It is a Significant Indigenous Site (site #3419) . The significance is due to multiple reasons including; it is part of the Seven Sisters dreaming song line, Dwerda is the Dingo spirit guarding the river mouth, it is the place from which family sent smoke signals to their incarcerated relatives on Wadjemup and it is the place from which Aboriginals reputedly watched Captain Stirling first negotiate the Swan River.


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