The Importance of Country & place
Language is extremely important to the Aboriganal peoples. Language carry cultural knowledge, so the loss of a language means the loss of culture, of Aboriganal people's connections to their ancestors.
''The important things about language and what it means is that language contains the essence of our ancrestors, every word comes from place and identiflies people and links to the land,country, the dreaming; they are all inherent in language ,therefor it means the people, the land, everything.'' Yolngu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga
- Use the interactive map to locate and identify the local language group.
The local language group for the Illawarra is....
it is also known as....malpa,tharawal and muralag
The Aborigonal na,e for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting pace), and Wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The Eurpoem name Shellharbour refers to the large quanities of shells found in Abourigonal 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.