Image caption: Lead CI Professor Len Collard
Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Want to know more about the Noongar origins of the name of your street, suburb or town? A new website developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia and Curtin University might help. The project, funded through the ARC Discovery Indigenousscheme, is called Boodjar—meaning country. It is part of an extensive research project led by respected Noongar Elder, scholar and Chief Investigator, Professor Len Collard. The project identifies Nyungar placenames and meanings prior to colonial settlement and makes available a number of resources for public educational use. The project also begins to redress the void in the identification, recording and writing of Australian Indigenous histories. Professor Collard said the site will enable everyone who lives in Australia’s south-west to relate more intensely to a place’s long-term history and will help them to see that they are part of a special environment that has sustained people for over 30 000 years.

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