Community & Remembrance

Term 3

The Importance Of Country & Place

Language is extremely important to the Aboriginal people. Languages carry cultral 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 to the land, country, the dreaming: they are all inherent in language, therefore it means the people, the land, everything. " Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga.''

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

The importanceof Aboriginal language is very important to the the Aboriginies because lost of language means lost of culture and they feel like a nobody.


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



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