What Aboriginal land is Lake Macquarie?
The City Council of Lake Macquarie acknowledge the Aboriginal people known today as the Awabakal as the traditional Custodians of the land respecting Aboriginal Elders past, present and future.
Where are the Aboriginal sacred sites in Lake Macquarie?
The middens, open campsites, stone quarries, caves and axe grind groovings found at Glenrock State Conservation Area are considered Aboriginal Sacred Sites.
Who is Lake Macquarie named after?
The sea was named for the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman, who navigated it in 1642. Its New Zealand and Australian shorelines were explored in the 1770s by the British mariner Captain James Cook and others.
Where is the Wiradjuri tribe located?
Profile: The Wiradjuri Nation is geographically the largest Indigenous Nation within NSW and it’s probably the largest in terms of population. The boundary of the Wiradjuri Nation extends from Coonabarabran in the north, straddling the Great Dividing Range down to the Murray River and out to western NSW.
What is the Aboriginal name for Lake Macquarie?
Aboriginal people of the Awabakal nation lived in the area surrounding what is now known as Lake Macquarie for thousands of years. The name Awaba, which means “a plain surface” was used to describe the lake.
What language do Awabakal speak?
Awabakal is a Pama–Nyungan language, most closely related to the Worimi language, within the Yuin–Kuric group of Pama–Nyungan.
What is Lake Macquarie known for?
The largest saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere and more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Lake Macquarie is an aquatic playground. Explore by boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Hike through cool rainforest, camp by majestic waterfalls and see the sun rise from ancient sea caves.
What does Dubbo mean in Aboriginal?
Evidence of habitation by Wiradjuri Nation, Indigenous Australians dates back over 40,000 years. Explorer and surveyor John Oxley was the first European to report on the area, now known as Dubbo, in 1818. Dubbo’s name apparently meant “red soil”, consistent with the local landscape.
What Aboriginal land is Bathurst on?
Wiradjuri country is the largest in NSW, stretching from the eastern boundary of the Great Dividing Range. Drawing a line from the present towns of Hay and Nyngan approximates the western boundary.
Who discovered Lake Macquarie?
Captain William Reid
The first European to discover the lake was Captain William Reid. In 1800, Reid sailed his 30-tonne schooner Martha into the narrow entrance, at what is now Swansea, mistaking it for his intended destination of the Hunter River. It was only when he arrived back and returned to Sydney that Reid discovered his error.
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What does the aboriginal flag look like?
The flag’s design consists of a coloured rectangle divided in half horizontally. The top half of the flag is black to symbolise Aboriginal people. The red in the lower half stands for the earth and the colour of ochre, which has ceremonial significance. The circle of yellow in the centre of the flag represents the sun.
Are there any Aboriginal people in Lake Macquarie?
All of Lake Macquarie City Council (referred to in this document as either LMCC or the City) lies within the traditional country of the Awabakal people. Today, more than 5,500 people of Aboriginal descent live in the Lake Macquarie Local Government area, many of them far from their traditional country.
When was Lake Macquarie first discovered?
Lake Macquarie was first encountered by Europeans in 1800, when Captain William Reid was sent from Sydney to retrieve a load of coal from Newcastle Harbour.
Who are the Lake Macquarie land councils?
Since 1983, members of three Local Aboriginal Land Councils have worked to protect the evidence of traditional Awabakal culture in the Lake Macquarie landscape.
Where are the largest Aboriginal communities in NSW?
Blacktown, which has the largest Aboriginal population in NSW, also has the largest total population. Lake Macquarie City Council has the fifth largest total population by local government area. All of LMCC is understood to be part of the traditional country of the Awabakal people.