Thank you for choosing to visit us at Beswick Community. You might have also heard it called Wugularr.
This information is to help you prepare for your trip and to assist in making your visit as interesting and enjoyable as possible.
Visiting an Aboriginal community is a unique experience and we hope you will relax into the local atmosphere and take the time to enjoy the Beswick lifestyle.
The Traditional Owners of this country are the Jawoyn people, although Beswick is made up of a multitude of different language groups and clans. The community are happy to welcome you here and we ask you to please be mindful of the local culture and customs.
We recommend dressing for comfort and the climate in light, loose-fitting, modest clothing that covers the shoulders and thighs. It is best to avoid tight, skimpy, short or revealing clothes.
Important ceremonies or the death of a local person may impact on, and even shut down, the whole community. Djilpin Arts is not responsible for changes to schedules caused by unforeseen community events, and we ask you to please be sensitive and understanding if such a situation arises.
There are sacred sites throughout the surrounding country so it’s important to check with the staff from Djilpin before leaving the community.
While many people are happy to be photographed, please be courteous and ask permission before photographing people or places.
The Traditional Owners of the land in and around Beswick are the Jawoyn people. All visitors to this area need to apply for a permit from the Northern Land Council.
It is prohibited to bring unleaded petrol into Beswick. The only acceptable fuels are diesel, premium, low aromatic fuel (Opal) and LPG. You can purchase fuel from the local store.
PHONE & INTERNET
Telstra is the only service provider with full mobile coverage at Beswick. If you need access to your phone/internet we suggest you purchase a prepaid Telstra SIM card.
It is prohibited to bring alcohol into Beswick. The community social club and beer garden is situated behind the old store and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Visitors are welcome and all patrons can purchase a limited number of mid-strength beers only.
The community store is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm, and on Saturday from 8:30am-12:30pm. It is closed on Sunday. The store is well stocked with fresh produce and a variety of products, and it serves a limited selection of hot take away food.
The Sunrise Health Clinic is located near the community store and the Shire offices. It is open Monday to Friday from 8am–4pm. For after hours medical attention please phone 8975-4527.
Daytime temperatures are warm all year round, ranging form 25ºC to 35ºC. From April to September the nights and early mornings can be chilly so please bring appropriate clothing. A sun hat is also advisable.
HISTORY OF BESWICK/WUGULARR
Explorers came through here in the late 1800’s and pastoralists in the 1870’s. The community derives its name from the former Beswick Station, which was most likely named after an English settler. A tin mine was established at Maranboy (40kms west of Beswick) in 1913 and the employment opportunities attracted people who’d previously lived all over this region to come and settle here. The mine closed in 1945, and in 1947 the government bought Beswick Station and set up a WWII Native Training Centre.
In 1991 the Jawoyn were given Native Title to their lands, and the people who had been living here continued to do so even though many of them are descended from families all across Arnhem Land. The names Beswick and Wugularr are interchangeable. Wugularr has no special or particular meaning; it’s simply the name of this area.
Today Beswick (Wugularr) is home to approx. 600 people.