Shark Bay's History

Culture and history of Shark Bay

“Shark Bay…has been a place where mutual respect has been shared amongst different cultures.” Jimmy Poland.

Since the seventeenth century Dutch traders, French explorers, English entrepreneurs, workers from Asia and the Pacific, and tourists from all over the world have come to Shark Bay, but Shark Bay’s rich cultural heritage really begins about 30,000 years ago with indigenous people belonging to the Malgana, Nhanda and Yingkarta language groups.

Traces left by people over thousands of years range from ancient campsites, middens and quarries to shipwrecks, sheds, and landmarks named for scientists and surveyors.

Early sketch of huts