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Roots in History: The Pilbara Strike of 1946

Our story begins with the historic Pilbara Strike on May 1, 1946. Nearly 800 Indigenous pastoral workers, including many from the Nyamal community, courageously walked off their jobs in protest of the oppressive Aborigines Act of 1905. This act imposed severe restrictions on their personal freedoms, offered meager pay often limited to rations, and subjected them to substandard living conditions.

Nyamal elder Peter Kangkushot Coppin emerged as a key figure during this strike, leading his community in what would become Australia’s longest strike. His dedication to advocating for the rights and dignity of Indigenous workers has left an indelible mark on our history.

During the strike, Nyamal people began mining for tin and gold as a means of self-sufficiency and resistance against systemic oppression. This pioneering spirit and resourcefulness laid the foundation for our future in the mining and resources industry.


The Dreamtime Story

Our heritage is deeply connected to the land and its ancient traditions. The Dreamtime story of our land, as passed down through generations, shapes our understanding of the world around us. It tells of the journey of our two creators, or Mungoone, who traveled through the land, shaping its features.

The story begins with the encounter of the creators with a large serpent outside a cave. In self-defense, they speared the serpent through the heart, causing it to bleed white blood, or Yarrie in Nyamal language. The serpent then crawled away from the cave and transformed into rock, eventually becoming what is known today as Yarrie Station.

The term “Cundaline” in Nyamal language means “Wurngoo” or “rocks.” The site known as Cundaline Ranges is where the creators turned the serpent into rock. From an aerial view, the Cundaline Ranges resemble a serpent, a reminder of our Dreamtime story and the connection between our people and the land.

Mining Contractors Perth WA | Cundaline Resources
Mining Contractors Perth WA | Cundaline Resources

Our Modern Journey

Guided by the wisdom and resilience of our ancestors, Cundaline Resources continues to grow and thrive. Our foundation is built on the principles of respect for the land, cultural heritage, and the communities we serve. As we navigate the complexities of the modern mining and resources industry, we remain committed to honoring our heritage and upholding our connection to the land.

Our work today is a testament to the perseverance and adaptability of the Nyamal people. We have evolved from our roots in the Pilbara strike and the early days of tin and gold mining to become a respected provider of earthworks, maintenance, heritage surveys, cleaning, and waste management services.


A Future Grounded in Our Past

As we move forward, we do so with reverence for our history and a vision for the future. Our dedication to preserving our cultural heritage and advocating for Indigenous rights remains at the forefront of our mission. Cundaline Resources is a living embodiment of our people’s journey—a journey marked by resilience, tradition, and progress.

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