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 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.

About Dr Marion Kickett

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. 


DATE: Sat 24 Sep, Sat 8 Oct

TIME: 2:00pm

DURATION: 120 mins

VENUE: Starts at Mile Pool, at the end of Water St, York

ACCESSIBILITY: This experience has no walking – but is situated at Mile Pool, near the Avon River. It’s a short distance from the roadside footpath. Please contact us at to discuss your access requirements.

RECOMMENDED AGE: All Ages (Children must be supervised) 

COST: Free, registration required


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.

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