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Word of the Week - Wahroonga

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Our word of the week is Wahroonga.

According to the survey forms and correspondence received by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia regarding Aboriginal place names (1899-1903, 1921-1926), Wahroonga means ‘our home’. The word Wahroonga most likely originated from the Kuringgah Language group.

The State Library of NSW posts an Indigenous ‘word of the week’ from collection material available on the Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Website. The State Library’s collections hold significant historical materials that record Aboriginal place names and meanings across Australia.

 

It is important to note that these records were written in most cases about Aboriginal languages by non - Aboriginal people. For this reason, the written words may not accurately reflect the ways in which an oral language was spoken and transmitted.