Djillong means 'a tongue of land' - pronounced Geelong since Europeans came to the area.
This website is about the regions Aboriginal history, culture and people.
We are aware that the website needs updating since it was established in 2012 and was transferred onto new software in May 2016. We will be working on it over the coming months.
The original website is still accessible at: https://sites.google.com/site/didyouknowgeelong/
A timeline provides information about key historical events, including acts of reconciliation.
- Geelong was named in 1837 by Governor Richard Burke, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong(Wadda Wurrung) Aboriginal name for the region, Djillong, which was understood to mean 'tongue of land'.
A message from the Wathaurong people taken from the book ‘Wathaurong – The People Who Said No’ (Pascoe, B, 2003, The Wathaurong Co-operative)
‘Nyurra Wurriyn, Keem barne barre Wadda Wurrung. Kitjarra ngitj, bitjarra ngala, mok barra tjarra ngitj. Keen keen beel baa Yoowang ngitj. Nyatne.
‘Hello, this is Wathaurong country. Let us talk together. Let us walk together, let us not fight, let us have peace and learn, black and white together. Thank you.’
We welcome comments and contributions that respect the spirit of the Wathaurong people's message above.
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