Northam sits at the confluence of two lazy rivers that wind their way across the flat plains from hundreds of kilometres away. On the edge of the 30,000 square kilometre Ballardong Budjar
(country), this town was a meeting place for tens of thousands of years before the Wadjela (white fellas) got here. How the Ballardong Nyoongars, part of the oldest living culture on the planet, have shown their resilience in the face of colonisation is just one of the stories of this place.
It seems that every stage in the development of Western Australian has a story that runs through Northam.