Wadjemup/Rottnest has a complex history. It is located on Whadjuk Noongar country and is referred to by its Traditional Owners as Wadjemup — ‘the place across the water where the spirits are’. It is a place of enormous historical and cultural importance for Western Australian Aboriginal peoples. It also holds a key place in the maritime history of Western Australia. The Island’s Pilot Boathouse, built in 1846, was last refurbished in 1999, more than 20 years ago. The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) worked with Creative Spaces to rejuvenate the site by improving access and creating an exciting and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Creative Spaces worked with the RIA heritage team, the WA Maritime Museum and a range of specialist contractors on the project. We drew upon our expertise to re-design the layout of interpretation material, lighting, curate and design the permanent displays, and oversee the exhibition fit out and installation.
We completed this project concurrently with Lomas Cottage.