Jameson / Mantamaru

Jameson or Mantamaru Community is situated 125kms east of Warburton, 70km from Blackstone and 100km from Wanarn. The community takes its English name from the nearby Jameson ranges, which are named after an early European explorer. Mantamaru and Parnamaru (the original name of the community when it first became incorporated) both translate in Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara respectively as black (maru) ground (manta or parna). These names refer to the ground cover of small black stones found around the Jameson Range. Many of the present day residents were educated at Warburton Mission and a small number came from Ernabella Mission in South Australia. Jameson began as an outstation of Warburton in 1973. The community became incorporated in 1976 and a member of the Ngaanyatjarra Council in 1981.

In addition to the community health centre, Jameson has a community hall, a Ngaanyatjarra Lands school, women’s centre, and community store.