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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

TheSun Herald 20.01.2008

The extinct Awabakal Languages's strong rhythms struck local Aboriginal Daryn McKenny as he revived ancient words over the past eight years...

"I would love to hear an original speaker as the cadence would be beautiful," he said.

The Awabakal people roamed the land of present-day Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.

McKenny and Dianna Newman, both with the Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association, reclaimed words and grammar and now put sentences together.

"Next we'll take the spoken language to today's Awabakal people," McKenny said. "Language is our cultural identity, the way to express our dreaming."

The Cardiff-based group was runner-up in a contest run by Microsoft late last year.

With Australia's 250 plus Indigenous languages the world's most "at risk", the pair developed computer software and training so that remote communities could revive their languages.

They're now training elders who have never touched a computer in 20 Aboriginal communities between Newcastle and Weipa, Cape York.

This story appeared in the Sun Herald, whilst some Aboriginal terminology and sentences we would have liked worded differently, it nevertheless helps get languages on the agenda with the wider community.

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Special relationship

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

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