In 1842 Weewar, a Noongar, was convicted under British Law for carrying out payback

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In 1842 the Crown prosecuted Weewar, a Binjareb Nyungar warrior, for carrying out tribal payback by spearing Dyung of the Mooro Group. When Weewar heard that Dyung, a member of the tribe responsible for the death of his son, was moving through Binjareb Territory he was governed by one law – Traditional Aboriginal Law. Weewar’s trial became the test case in Western Australia which determined that British Law took precedence over traditional law. Dedicated to Theo Kearing a Binjareb Warrior. (Information from the DVD cover)


Director: Glen Stasuik (Black Russian Productions). Writer: Karrie-Anne Kearing (Waugul Productions).

People in the video

Trevor Jamieson (Weewar), Eric Herbert, David and Franklin Nannup. Len and Neviile Collard provided cultural advice.


Used with permission from Glen Stasiuk; Franklyn Nannup – Winjan Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson; Harry Nannup; Gloria Kearing; and Karrie-Anne Kearing.


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