COMMUNITY & REMEMBRANCE

Term 3

The importance of country & place

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

Language is extremely important to the Aboriginal peoples. Language carry cultural knowledge, so the loss of a language means the loss of culture, of Aboriginal people's connection 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 in the land, country, the dreaming: they are all inherent in language, therefore it means yhe people, the land, everything," Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga

Language is important to the aboriginal people because if they forget there language they have to speak another language and people want understand you.

PLACE NAMES

The Aboriginal name for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrawah (meeting place), and Wonwin, ( place where there were big fish). The Eurpoean name Shellharbour refers to the large quantities of shells 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.

A STUDY OF CHANGE-TRANSPORT

TYPES OF TRANSPORT PAST

Use the website: QT-Types of Transport Past! to create a timeline of the history of transport in Australia.