The Two Mile Reserve is where Yindjibarndi people lived close to Roebourne in the mid-1900s, along with other language groups from the greater Pilbara region. The Yindjibarndi traditional custodians told stories of their childhoods on the reserve, swimming across the Harding River to get to school and catching the mail truck out to the stations for school holidays.


Two Mile Reserve is located a short distance from the town of Roebourne but is separated from it by the Harding River. In a flat adjacent to the North-West Coastal Highway, two old pine trees mark the place that Aboriginal people lived in shacks with minimal amenities. The Yindjibarndi traditional custodians shared their stories and those of their Old People, about their lives caught between this place and the stations such as Mt Florance, Tambrey and Millstream. Many Yindjibarndi people moved to the reserve after rations camps closed following the 1946 Pilbara strike, a movement that saw Aboriginal workers striking for wages. There was an evolution of Aboriginal employment in this region that moved from servitude, to rations, and eventually to wages for some station workers. The Yindjibarndi traditional custodians spoke about how their Old People had to leave the tablelands stations and their country and move to the reserves by the coast. The ability to take care of country and practice culture became less possible as a result. The Yindjibarndi traditional custodians recall getting together with family during Law time each year, when people would come to the reserve from all over the region to practice culture. During the school holidays many children and families would commute between the reserve and surrounding stations on the mail truck. In 1975 the reserve was demolished, and most people moved to Roebourne Village.

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