Blog post from Friday, 10 July, 2015

Our word of the week is Kool Boo Kool Bum

According to Aboriginal words and names, Upper Clarence River dialect, collected by Thomas George Hewitt, ca. 1909; with introduction, notes and index by Robert L. Dawson, 1936, Kool Boo Kool Bum means “magpie”.

According to the David R Horton map Kool boo Kool Bum most likely originated from the Bundjalung Language group.


Collection 27: Drawings of birds chiefly from Australia, 1791-1792

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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.