Community & Remembrance

Term 3/4

The Importance Of Country & Place

Aboriginal Language

Language is extremely important to the Aboriginal Peoples. Languanges carry cultural knowlege, so loss of language means the loss of culture, of Aboriginal people 's connections to their ancestors.

''The important thing about language and what it means is that language contains the essence of our ancestors, every word comes from place and identifies people and links to the land, country,the dreaming: they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the people, the land and everything.'' Yolangu Elder Laurie Baymarrwannaga


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

Language is important to the Aboriginal people because it is their future and living. If we lost our culture we would probrably feel like nothing but a spirit.

Aboriginal Photos

The language spoken in Wollongong is Tharawal.

Place Names

The Aboriginal for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place), and Wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The Europeon name Shellharbour refers to the large quanitities of shells found in Aboriginal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid 19th century . Due to the mining of shells in the mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast middens no longer remain.