Community & Remembrance

term 3

Aboriginal Language

Language is extremly importent to the Aboriginal peoples. Languagees cary cultural knowledge, so the loss of a language of culture, of Aboriginal people's connections to their ancestors. "The importance thing about language and it means is that the language contains the essence of our ancestors, every word comes from place and identifies people and links to the land, country, dreaming: they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the people, the land, everything. " Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga.

Explain the importance of the language to the Aboriginal people in your own words.

Language is important to the Aboriginal people because Its like saying you can't speak english anymore you have to speak Asion for example. This language that they had ran through Australia (which they use to speak that way).

Use the interactive map to locate and identifythe local language group.

The local language group for the Illawarra is called Tharawal

It is also known as walga

Place Names

The Aboriginqal names for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (metting place), and Wonwin ( a place where there where big fish). The Eurpean name for Shellharbour refers to the large quanities of shells found in Aboriginal middens along the foreshores in the early to mid 19th century. Due to the mining of shells in mid 19th century. For the production of lime these vast middens no longor remain.