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Population, people and place: The Fitzroy Valley Population Project

Working Paper 70 / 2010


This paper reports on a survey of the Aboriginal population of the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, funded by the Fitzroy Futures Forum. The survey was designed to collect two different kinds of data. One aim was to carry out a comprehensive head count of the population and gather basic demographic information on age and sex. The second was to collect data that would begin to flesh out the picture of how that population lives as people. In proposing a categorisation of relationship to place that is more complex than the ‘resident’ versus ‘visitor’ distinction employed in the national census, the survey addresses the cultural factors that influence patterns of settlement and mobility, and the patterns of con