Our History

From historic town pub to vibrant community and cultural hub

Aboriginal owned and operated, the Ganalili Centre is located in Roebourne’s old Victoria Hotel building, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

The building is home to a range of not-for-profit community activities, with a focus on the sale of authentic Aboriginal artworks and artefacts by Yindjibarndi artists.

Ganalili also houses the Roebourne Visitors’ Centre, the local library, retail and office spaces.

It offers various cultural and business services, including conference room hire, plus an exciting array of exhibits, digital projections and educational displays that celebrate the Yindjibarndi language, culture and people. Come and visit us!

 

A new dawn for Roebourne ​

Formerly the site of the infamous Victoria Hotel, the Ganalili Centre brings hope, employment and life back to Roebourne.

The Victoria Hotel was built in 1866 and is historically and socially significant to the town of Roebourne. 

The hotel was the first licensed premises in Roebourne (and the north west), and it was the last to close. 

Initially, the hotel was patronised by local pastoralists and businessmen travelling through the region. Over the years, it expanded to meet increased demand associated with the gold rush and the pearling trade, and later the construction and mining booms.   

The Victoria Hotel closed its doors in 2005 after its liquor licence was suspended, largely due to social problems sparked by heavy alcohol consumption in the town. 

In 2013, the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation purchased the iconic building, through the Yindjibarndi Capital Trust, with the goal of returning it to its former glory and transforming it into a cultural and commercial hub. 

The $6M redevelopment project was made possible with an equal investment of $2 million from the State Government, the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, and the Yindjibarndi Capital Trust. 10,000 hours of Aboriginal employment contributed to the project. 

Now known as the Ganalili Centre, the doors were officially opened on 7 September 2019 with a community celebration, highlighting its importance to the Yindjibarndi people and the Roebourne community. 

 

 

Future vision of Ganalili Centre
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Victoria Hotel in the past

Local Government Heritage Inventory 2013

To Know More

A listing of all the heritage sites within and around the City of Karratha. Many of which are in the vicinity of Roebourne.

by purchasing an original Aboriginal artwork or product

and help us create a bright future for the people of Roebourne.

 

Support the work of our Yindjibarndi artists

by purchasing an original Aboriginal artwork or product

and help us create a bright future for the people of Roebourne.