Mulan is a small Aboriginal Community in Western Australia's east
Kimberley. The Community is in the Shire of Halls Creek, At the 2006
census, Mulan had a population of 114.
Most Mulan people are speakers of the Kukatja language, which is
also spoken at Balgo. Kukatja is closely related to Pintupi, spoken at
Kintore and Kiwirrkura and many Mulan residents are closely related to
people at those communities as well as at Balgo.
Mulan was established as a permanent Aboriginal community in the
late 1970s by Walmajarri people moving away from the Balgo mission to
the Lake Gregory Pastoral Station, near the shores of Lake Gregory. A
major factor behind this was the transfer of the pastoral station from
Lake Gregory Pty Ltd to the Aboriginal Lands Trust in 1978. The
community became incorporated in 1979 and the first houses and school
were constructed in the same year. In 1985, Crown Reserve 39102 was
excised from the pastoral lease and vested to the ALT for the "use and
benefit of Aboriginal inhabitants", with the Reserve being formally
leased to Mulan Aboriginal Corporation the following year.
This is a fresh water lake located at the southern end of Paruku, 56
km from Mulan. It offers visitors shady malaleuca (paperbark) trees, a
white sandy shore, excellent bird watching opportunities, swimming and
fishing. Interpretive signs explain this place and its
association with the Welany (Pelican) story.