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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

ELIMATTA Newsletter 01.12.2007

Daryn McKenny from the Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association (ACRA) gave a passionate demonstration called Modern Ways for Ancient Words at the 9th Australian Computer Conference for Seniors which was held at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney in August.

Of the some 250 native languages and 800 dialects spoken at the arrival of Europeans only about 80 dialects are still spoken today. Many of these are in danger of extinction as well.

Daryn, through the ACRA project which is based in Newcastle, has developed a user friendly but powerful computer program to provide a language preservation and learning system.

With admirable passion Daryn reminded his audience 'Internationally, every two weeks at least one Indigenous language disappears. Digitisation is the quickest way to get a record of a language and stop that trend... If our languages disappear everything else about us disappears... the Aboriginal people of Australia are the oldest living race. We have the oldest religion, the oldest traditions, the oldest languages, and we are not going to let that go.'

No one in the audience doubted he will succeed!

Nan Bosler

Special relationship

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

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