Question: Why is it called Wollongong?

The name Wollongong is said to originate from the Aboriginal word woolyungah, meaning five islands. In 1815 some of the Illawarras Traditional Custodians led the first European settlers and their cattle down the escarpment.

What is the nickname for Wollongong?

The Gong Wollongong (/ˈwʊlənɡɒŋ/ WUUL-ən-gong), informally referred to as The Gong, is a city located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Why is it called the Illawarra?

Etymology. The word illawarra is derived from the Aboriginal Tharawal word allowrie, also sometimes spelled as elouera or eloura. According to A. W.

What is the Aboriginal name for Wollongong?

woolyungah The area we know today as Wollongong was originally inhabited by the Dharawal people (also spelled Tarawal or Thuruwal), who remain the Traditional Custodians of this land. The name Wollongong is said to originate from the Aboriginal word woolyungah, meaning five islands.

What is classed as Wollongong?

Wollongong City includes the suburbs and rural localities of Austinmer, Avon (part), Avondale, Balgownie, Bellambi, Berkeley, Brownsville, Bulli, Cataract (part), Cleveland, Clifton, Coalcliff, Coledale, Coniston, Cordeaux, Cordeaux Heights, Corrimal, Cringila, Dapto, Darkes Forest (part), Dombarton, East Corrimal,

What Aboriginal land Am I on Wollongong?

Wollongong Central proudly rests on the land of the Wodi Wodi people, who are a part of the Dharawal Nation. Dharawal people are distinguished as fresh water, bitter water or salt water people depending on whether they occupied the coastal regions, the swamps, or the plateaus and inland river valleys.

What is the Aboriginal name for Shellharbour?

The Aboriginal name for Shellharbour has been recorded as both Yerrowah (meeting place), and Wonwin, (place where there were big fish). The European name Shellharbour refers to the large quantities of shells found in Aboriginal middens along the foreshore in the early to mid-19th Century.

Is Wollongong part of Sydney?

Wollongong is located just south of Sydney and the drive takes around 90min. You can catch the train from Sydney, which also takes around 90min. Accommodation options include modern hotels and serviced apartments, motels, cottages and holiday parks.

What Aboriginal land Am I on Illawarra?

Wollongong Central proudly rests on the land of the Wodi Wodi people, who are a part of the Dharawal Nation. Dharawal people are distinguished as fresh water, bitter water or salt water people depending on whether they occupied the coastal regions, the swamps, or the plateaus and inland river valleys.

Where is Wiradjuri country?

NSW Profile: The Wiradjuri Nation is geographically the largest Indigenous Nation within NSW and its probably the largest in terms of population. The boundary of the Wiradjuri Nation extends from Coonabarabran in the north, straddling the Great Dividing Range down to the Murray River and out to western NSW.

Why is Shellharbour called Shellharbour?

A SNAPSHOT OF SHELLHARBOURS HISTORY The European name Shellharbour refers to the large quantities of shells found in 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.

What does gerringong mean in Aboriginal?

a fearful place Gerringong is a rural dairying village located in one of the richest dairy farming areas in NSW. Gerringong was originally inhabited by the Wodi Wodi Aborigines. The towns name is said to come from an Aboriginal word meaning a fearful place or place of peril.

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