community & remembrance

term 3

The importance of county & place

langauge is extremely important to the Aboriginal peoples. languages carry cultural knowledge, son the loss of a language means loss of cultrual, if Aboriginal people's connections to their ancestions.

"the important thing about language and what it means ud that language contains the essence of our ancestors. every word comes from place identifes it means the people, and links to land country. the dreaming


use iterative map to locate and indertify the local language group.

Spirtit of the land-popplet

The local language group for the illawarra is

It is also known as southheast

Place Names

The aboriginal name for shellharbour has been recorded as both yerrowah (meeting place), and wonwin, (place where the were big fish). The eurpoean name shellharbour refers to the large quanites of shells found in aboriganal middens alone the foreshore in the early mid 19th centery. due to the mining of shells in the mid 19th century for the prodution lime these vast middens no longer remain