It is estimated that the original nomadic residents of this district were the Nyungar / Murrum people dating back 30,000 years. They are the long-time custodians of the land who hold a special bond with the land and yet leave little evidence of their presence. They not only used the land as a source of food, but they managed the land to ensure the continuation of their food resources thereby working the land on a “sustainable yield” basis long before the term was coined.
The land now known as the Shire of Manjimup was originally under the custodianship of indigenous people, possibly a number of clans, as part of the broader Nyoongar nation. According to the 2016 Census, 3.3% of residents declared themselves to be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
The Shire gains its name “Manjimup” from the indigenous “Manjin” reed, whose edible roots were highly valued, and from “up” meaning place. Originally, Manjimupp was spelt with a double “p” however this was later dropped to the singular we have today.