The York Festival - Ballardong Cultural Tour : The Big Miley Pool

Saturday 24th September 2022
(Multiple Dates Between Saturday 24th September 2022 & Saturday 8th October 2022)

The Big Miley Pool is a traditional meeting place – a place of gathering and celebrating. Learn about the Big Miley Pool and why this place is a significant place for Ballardong people. See the ruins of the old Gerald Mission (1851-1855), built by missionary John Smithies in 1840. Learn about the purpose of the mission and why it was not successful.

Dr Marion Kickett is a Noongar woman from the Ballardong language group. Born in the wheatbelt town of York, Marion spent her early years living on the York Reserve. She completed Year 10 at York District High School and enrolled in Nurses training at Narrogin Regional Hospital. After the death of her father, she came home to York and worked locally at both Northam and York Hospitals. She left York to further her education, completing two bachelor’s degrees, one with Honours. Marion completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia on “Resilience” from an Aboriginal perspective, using an Aboriginal methodology.  Marion strongly believes education is the key to a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s and the way forward for all Australians is education. 

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the beautiful lands on which The York Festival takes place, the Ballardong Noongar people.  We honour and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

The York Festival 24 September to 9 October 2022
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Event Details

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Venue: Mile Pool, end of Water Street, York

Cost: Free - Registration Required


Organisation: The York Festival

Position: Event Coordinator



Event Date(s)

  • Saturday 24th September 2022
  • Saturday 8th October 2022

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