Wetlands – from Bunyip to Beautiful
From December 2011 to February 2012 the Freshwater Bay Museum’s schoolroom became a wetland. Claremont hosted Museums Australia WA’s Year of Biodiversity Project, an exhibition entitled Wetlands – from Bunyip to Beautiful. Objects from the Museum’s collection and wetland plants told the story of changing understanding of the role of wetlands.
The Museum’s contribution to the exhibition was the story of its own wetland Galbamaanup or Butler’s Swamp. World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2012 with storytelling and other activities for children. Always a rich resource for Aboriginal people on the Swan Coastal Plain, the wetland was once used for farming and was later a rubbish tip. Butler’s Swamp is now known as Lake Claremont and the Friends of Lake Claremont (established 2003) and the Town of Claremont now work closely with the community to manage the Lake as a healthy natural, seasonal wetland for this and future generations.