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Wadda Wurrung

Dja Ngawa? Did you know ... ?

  • Geelong was named in 1837 by Governor Richard Burke, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong (Wadda Wurrung) Aboriginal name for the region, Djillong, which was understood to mean 'tongue of land'.

A message from the Wathaurong people taken from the book ‘Wathaurong – The People Who Said No(Pascoe, B, 2003, The Wathaurong Co-operative)

‘Nyoorra Wooreeyn, Keem barne barre Wadda Wurrung. Kitjarra ngitj, bitjarra ngala, mok barra tjarra ngitj. Keen keen beel baa Yoowang ngitj. Nyatne.

‘Hello, this is Wathaurong country. Let us talk together. Let us walk together, let us not fight, let us have peace and learn, black and white together. Thank you.’

To honor that message the Geelong One Fire Reconciliation Group is working in partnership with Uncle David Tournier, Cultural Education Officer for the Wathaurong Co-operative to develop this website. Uncle David has provided much of the website content.

We welcome comments and contributions that respect the spirit of the Wathaurong people's message above.

Link here for contact details.