COMMUNITY & REMBERANCE

TERM 3

THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTRY & PLACE

Language is extremely important to the Aboriginal peoples. Language carry culture

knowledge, so the loss of a language means the loss of culture, of Aboriginal poeple's

connections to their ancetors.

"The imortant thing about language and what it means is that language contains the essence of our ancetors, every word come 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

. Use the interactive map to locate the loal language group

The local language group for the Illawarra is

It is also known as

PLACES NAMES

The Aboriginal name for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place), and Wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The Eurpoean name for shellharbour refers to the large quantities of shells found in Aborigninal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid 19 century. Due to the minining of shells in the mid 19th century for the production of lime these vast