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Aboriginal Languages in Victoria


Earliest reference to language name: 1881 (Dawson 1881)Meaning: ‘blood lip’ (Dawson 1881)Sub-dialects: Giraiwurrung; Wirngilgnad-dhalinanong Very little is known about this language and its two dialects. The only vocabulary known to exist is a ‘Mortlake vocabulary’ provided by a Miss Hood from Merrang containing 185 words …

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Dhudhuroa was a language of northeastern Victoria. According to Mathews (1909: 278): The Dhudhuroa was spoken by the Dyinningmiddhang tribe on the Mitta Mitta and Kiewa rivers, and along the Murray valley from Albury to Jingellic. Minyambuta, a dialect of the Dhudhuroa, was …

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Ngurai-illam Wurrung

The Ngarigo is the Aboriginal people group whose traditional lands lie south-east of the Canberra area. According to Norman Tindale in his 1974 catalogue of Australian Aboriginal people groups, the specific areas lands of the Ngarigo are: the Monaro tableland north to Queanbeyan; Bombala River from near …

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Yorta Yorta

The Yorta Yorta Language spoken by all the Yorta Yorta clans, including the Kaitheban, Wollithiga, Moira, Ulupna, Bangerang, Kwat Kwat, Yalaba Yalaba and Ngurai-illiam-wurrung clans.


The Bangerang people who live in the Murray Goulburn area are known as the Bangerang people. Their country covers from near Shepparton across to Echuca, up to Deniliquin (N.S.W.) back across to Finley, down to Katandra and finished back near …

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Earliest reference to language name: 1840 (Robinson Journal)Meaning: unknownSub-dialects: Minjambuta Clark (1993) lists nine variants of the name Waywurru. Blake and Reid (1999) have presented the most detailed analysis of the language materials relevant to this area. The resolution of this report …

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Weki Weki

The Yirruk-Tinnor Gunnai / Kŭrnai Language Program has been running for approximately 20 years and over that time it has had an enourmous amount of success in regaining the Gunnai Language of Gippsland. The aims of the program are: To …

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Wadi Wadi

According to Clark (1990:404), Dixon (working Papers) has suggested that Wadiwadi was divided into two dialects, ‘Piangil’ and ‘non-Piangil’. Biangil however is not included in Dixon (2002), and Tindale says that Biangil is a place name. Alternate names/spellings: Biangil, Dacournditch, Wathiwathi, Wattewatte, Watthiwatthi, …

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The Taungurung Language Program initially employed Bill Nicholson Jr as the Project Officer who gathered the language of Taungurung people. Further there was a period whereby Gary Hansen was in the position temporarily for a six month period. The program …

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The Boonwurrung language program has been going for approximately 6 years.  It is focused on bringing our language back to having a voice once again so that it can be passed on to the next generations. There is a growing …

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