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About Awabakal Country

Awabakal Country is in Australia on the east coast. North of Sydney, it encompasses the modern cities of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounding areas.

  • Working with Schools

    - ON HOLD DURING COVID - Our School Workshops give your children a chance to learn some of the Awabakal Language, the traditional Aboriginal language of the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley landscapes. The children thoroughly enjoy our interactive lessons.
    Helping community
  • Consultancy services

    Our Awabakal Language & Culture Team are available to assist where possible in matters relating to Awabakal Language & Culture. Our Centre has a research and conservation development program, so we are regularly learning new things about Awabakal language and culture.
    Working with community
  • Tap into our resources

    Learning Awabakal Language is not just about learning our word for 'eyes' or 'tree'. It is also about learning a different way of viewing the world. Our language is a gateway to our culture. Explore our range of Awabakal language resources - books, posters, snap and flash cards.
    National recognition

Newcastle Herald 18.9.2008

Hunter people live surrounded by Aboriginal words, even though so many of the original languages of Australia have disappeared.

So says Daryn McKenny, the manager of a Cardiff-based organisation that has developed a computer program to help research and revive Aboriginal languages.

The not-profit Aboriginal organisation Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association was recently awarded more than $340,000 from the Federal Government for its Miromaa software, which McKenny said was also being used by North American indians.

The association has developed software that Mr McKenny says has taken language research out of the realms of academia and brought tools to an estimated 50 Aboriginal language centres throughout Australia.

"The majority of Australian languages are extinct, already lost," Mr McKenny said.

"By doing this our people are gaining employment, its about job creation too".

The software allows Aboriginal people to research, maintain and preserve their languages.

The association estimates their may have been up to 500 Aboriginal languages in Australia before white settlement.

The Awabakal language is identified with the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions, and lives on through place names such as Boolaroo, Booragul, Awaba and Kotara.

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Special relationship

We are fortunate to have a close relationship with First Languages Australia.

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