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‘When we understand the place names, we recognise the land.’

Kaurna Aboriginal people are the Traditional Owners of the Adelaide plains in South Australia. Prior to European settlement they named places using their own language and some places eg. Willunga, are still known by their Kaurna name but most are not.

The Kaurna Place Names project aims to identify and map places with Kaurna names and to encourage the use and increase knowledge of these names. It begins with names in southern Kaurna country.

The project combines work of the Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi language group and the Land Services Group (incorporating the Geographical Names Unit) and is an initiative of the Kaurna Tappa Iri Regional Agreement 2005-2008, with funds provided by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources.

If you wish to use the Kaurna language please contact Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi.

If you want to know more or you know of Kaurna names in use in the southern area, please contact us so we can research them for inclusion on our maps.

The information in this web site does not represent heritage sites protected through the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988.


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