Singing the Train – a Nyamal song and history online!

Following the Launch Exhibition for ‘Singing the Train’ in July, we have updated our links provide access to the full audio-visual resource available online at http://aiatsis.gov.au/singing-train

Aboriginal languages of the Pilbara are under threat. By publishing the ‘Singing the Train’ exhibition online, Nyamal Elders Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre are ensuring that Pilbara Aboriginal culture and languages continue to be respected. 

The Train Song, performed by Nyamal-speaking performer Topsy Faseldine and recorded in 1964 by Carl-Georg von Brandenstein, recounts the journey of the train that ran between Port Hedland and Marble Bar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia from 1910–1951. More than fifty years later, this record, together with shared stories, song and records from Nyamal Elders, has formed part of an amazing exhibition and important online language resource.  

Visit the exhibition online at  http://aiatsis.gov.au/singing-train

“Nyamal Elders and Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre Board put this exhibition on the internet so that Pilbara Aboriginal heritage and languages continue to be heard, respected and shared by families wherever they live.” –  AIATSIS 2017

Feature image courtesy of AIATSIS 2017: Basil Snook finds old rail line at Pear Creek