Aboriginal Language

Language is extreamely important to the Aboriginal peoples. Languages carry curltural knowledge, so the loss a languge means the loss of curlture, of aboriginal people's connetions to their ancestors. "The important thing about language and what it means is that language contains the essence of out ancestors. every word comes from place and idendifies people and links to the land, country, the dreaming they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the people, the land, everything, "Yolngu Elder Lauirie bayarrwangga

Place Names

The Aboriginal name for shellhabour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place), and Wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The Eurpoean name Shellhabour refers to the large quanitites 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.