Jameson or Mantamaru Community is situated 125klms east of Warburton. Originally Jameson became an outstation of Warburton 1973. When Blackstone closed for a time, many of the families moved over to Jameson and remained there. Many of the aboriginal people would move from place to place, but they would still know where each family originated from and who they were related to.
At Lat. 25 degrees, 51.82 mins south
Community uses Western Standard Time.
COMMUNITY FAMILY SERVICES
COMMUNITY AMBULANCE SERVICE
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY EVACUATION
COMMUNITY MECHANICAL WORKSHOP/DEPOT
A small workshop is available to Community members who are able to do their own vehicle maintenance, at reasonable cost.
COMMUNITY FUEL DEPOT
COMMUNITY RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
There is a resident Youth Co-ordinator in the community. He also services all Ngaanyatjarra Communities.
The community is looking at the possibility of crushing the rock by-products from the chrysoprase mine for road surfacing and building construction work.
One (1) Advisor
COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATION SERVICES
He or she is assisted by an Project Officer, responsible for power, water, sewerage, airstrip and roads maintenance.
Ngaanyatjarra Services Alice Springs, provide accounting and financial management, plus arrange and supervise building maintenance.
Community pays are forwarded weekly from Ngaanyatjarra Services Alice Springs to the community.
RESOURCE AGENCY ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY
Ngaanyatjarra Air, two (2) regular weekly air service and charters as necessary.
Ngaanyatjarra Health Service supplies a community clinic and resident nurse.
Ngaanyatjarra Agency and Transport Services, provides a Perth-based buying service for the community store. Re-supplies are on a fortnightly basis, with frozen goods delivery and dry goods delivery on alternate fortnights.
Fuel supplies arranged by Ngaanyatjarra-owned Ampol Agency for supply from South Australia.
Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku Environmental Health & Building surveyor, makes monthly inspections.
A quarterly dog immunisation program is carried out by the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. This has greatly improved the condition of community dogs.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service provides a fortnightly doctor's clinic visit from Kalgoorlie to the Community.
There is one Environmental Health Worker in the Community.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL FACILITIES
1 Government primary school within the Community.
Has 18 students
LAW/ORDER AND JUSTICE SERVICES
Employment is available in the community Store, the workshop and the women's centre.
COMMUNITY RUBBISH COLLECTION
COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLY
Mantamaru or Jameson is located at the base of the Jameson Range in the Central Ranges region. The community takes its English name from these ranges, which in turn took their name from 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) which describes the ground cover of small black stones found around the Jameson Range. The other name which is sometimes used by yarnangu is Wirrlkuralnya, which is the name of a spring in the Jameson Range. The residents are all Ngaanyatjarra speakers.
Many of the present day residents of Mantamaru were educated at Warburton Mission. A small number went to Ernabella Mission in South Australia. The close proximity of Mantamaru to Warburton allowed many to move back and forth between their traditional country and the mission with relative ease. During school holidays parents of the now middle-aged men and women living at Jameson would take their children out of the mission to travel with them on foot. These journeys would last several months and usually occurred in summer time when the waterholes had been replenished from summer rains.
Like Irrunytju, the community was established in the vicinity of a mining camp, in this case it was Southwestern Mining, a subsidiary of International Nickel. In the early days of the outstation residents camped at Wirrkuralynga, a short distance from the existing community, because of the poor quality of water from the existing bore near the mining camp. Homelands funding was later provided for a store, a generator, a new bore and a vehicle to transport supplies from Warburton. The community became incorporated in 1976 and a member of the Ngaanyatjarra Council in 1981.
Today, as at Irrunytju the miners are back looking for nickel, with a large deposit of sulphide nickel having been identified 30km south of the community.