Note - Some of the Town names have no Aboriginal Content.
Adelong- River or Plain
Albury- first named Bungambrawartha in 1839, but changed to Albury
after a village in Kent.
Bungambrawartha Creek runs from North Lavington to the Murray River
behind the Albury Botanical Gardens.
Meaning - favourable place for a very tall talk .
Ardlethan- from the Gaelic for high and hilly
Baarmutha - Barmootha, a number of small creeks
Balldale- believed named after R.T. Ball, an MLA for the district at the time.
Bandianna - bandy legged native woman named Anna
Barambogie - big waterhole
Baranduda - a water rat
Barnawartha - Barna-woodther, without hearing, deaf and dumb
Barwidgee - short green mossy grass
Benalla - Benalta, musk duck, name of a large water hole
Berrigan - emu bush
Bethanga - a weed
Bogong - moths and grubs
Bonegilla - deep waterhole
Bontherambo - Bootho, the liver, ramb, incision, o, his
Bundalong - joined together ( the Ovens and Murray Rivers )
Canberra- from aboriginal word Nganbirra meaning meeting place.
Carrarragarmungee - Carrajarmongui, place of goannas
Cobargo - grandfather
Cobram - head
Colac-Colac - Klack-klack, a locust
Condobolin- hop brush.
Coolamon- native word for symetrical wooden troughs cut from trees and ingeniously
fashioned for carrying water.
Cooma- a lake.
Cooma Doodle - Henty - the name for sweet water.
Coonabarabran- term for an inquisitive person.
Cootamundra- from native word Gooramundra, variously given as turtles and marsh.
Coreen- end of the hills.
Corowa- from native word Currawa, a pine from which Aborigines procured gum
for fashioning spears.
Corryong - Caryoong, belt made of possum wool
Cudgewa - skin of kangaroo
Dederang - hailstones
Deniliquin- the sandhills.
Dubbo- from native word Tubbo, possum fur head covering.
Echuca - the place of stones, gravel reefs in river bed
Edi - cold wind
Ettamogah- aboriginal meaning lets have a drink.
Euroa - Eurawa, push, shake, thrust
Eurobin - falling water
Finley- named after F.G. Finley, surveyor in district in the 1860's.
Gilgandra- long water hole.
Gooramadda- parting of the clouds. On the Victorian side of the Murray River
at Howlong, the natural land formation and thermal currents create this
unusual phenomena whereby on one side of the river it can be raining, but dry
on the other.
Also means a grassy place
Goorambat - Coorambatti, nonsense
Griffith- named after A. Griffith, minister for public works who opened the irrigation project.
Grong Grong- poor camping ground.
Gundagai- said to be from the native Gundabandoo- bingee, cut by tomahawk to the
back of the knee.
Gundowring - Gundowringha, a camping place
Gunyah- house or home, native shelter ( Kergunyah and Wahgunyah )
Hay- Once known as Lang's Crossing, was named after Sir John Hay, a local politician.
Henty- named after Henry Henty, an early settler.
also known as Cooma Doodle - sweet water.
Holbrook- originally Germantown, but changed in 1914 during First World War to
due to anti German feelings, named after an heroic submarine commander.
Howlong- named after a two horse race that went for 160 kilometres in 1876.
Jerilderie- reedy place.
Kergunyah - silent place
Killara - creek, always there, permanent creek ( Kiewa River )
Korumburra - kingfisher
Kyabram - Kiambram thick forest
Ladysmith- named after Ladysmith, besieged in South African War, 1900.
Leeton- named after C.A. Lee, a minister for public works in NSW.
Lockhart- after one of the earliest Commissioners of Crown Lands in NSW.
Longerenong - split, the dividing of the waters
Maindample - woman's breasts
Mangoplah- natives singing.
Merriang - plenty of native dogs
Merrijig - good, well done
Milawa - from mill, an eye or star, and wah, startling or large
Mildura - sore eyes
Mirrabook- or Mirrabooka - Southern Cross.
Mitiamo - Mittia mum, follow behind me
Mitta Mitta- little waters. Also Mutta mutta, thunder
Also Hinnomunjie, named after Mitta river at that point
hinno, cod fish, mungie, place of
Moama - dead
Molesworth- named after a Crimean War hero, Lt. J Molesworth.
Mooroopna - ghost, spirit
Moyhu - wind
Murmungee - Murrumungee, murra, hand, mongie, mosquito
Murrindindi- mist of the mountains, and also nest in the hills.
Nagambie - Nagomba, woman's breasts
Narbethong - lively, cheerful
Nar Nar Goon - koala
Narrandera - place of goanas
Numurkah - Gnamulka, my war shield
Omeo - mountains
Porepunkah - meeting of the waters
Peechelba - behind
Puckapunyal - middle hill
Savernake- after the English Savernake which was once a Royal Forest.
Sebastopol- ( between Beechworth and El Dorado ) named after the Russian town
that the British and French besieged for 11 months in 1854.
Taggerty - named after the creek, means a blue grey pipe clay used for pigment
Talgarno - dry country
Tallangatta - Toolanggutta, an abundance of currajong trees
Tallarook - wattle bird
Tangamgalanga - white clawed lobster, yabbie
Tarcutta- meal made from grass seeds.
Tarrawingee - Karawingi, emu
Tatura - small lagoon
Temora- named in 1848 after a poem by Ossian ( James Macpherson )
Thoona - a hill
Thurgoona- the darter, a diving bird
Tocumwal- name given to an allegedly bottomless hole in the river.
Tumbarumba- sounding ground- the earth at places giving out a hollow noise.
Tumit - a camp by the river
Tungamah - wild turkey
Uranquinty- much rain.
Wagga Wagga- many crows. Another translation is reeling, a sick man
Wahgunyah - the resting place of crows
Walla Walla- lots of rain.
Wallan Wallan - a circular piece of ground covered with rain water
Walwa - a place of waters
Wandiligong - ghost, spirit
Wandong - ghost, spirit
Wangaratta - Wanga, cormorant, ratta, to sit
Wodonga - Woodanga, edible nut
Wooragee - peppermint tree
Yackandandah - Yag-gun-doona, hilly country
- Locals say the meaning is running water over rocks
at the junction of the two creeks.
Yarroweyah - strong wind
Yarrawonga - where the wonga, or cormorant, builds in the river gums
Yass- the story goes that Hamilton Hume sent a man to evaluate the country beyond.
Hume asked him is there was good country ahead. He replied "Ya-ass- plains"
Hume was tickled and adopted the name.
Others however maintain that Yass is a corruption of native words
Yarras, Tahr, running water.
Yea- Named after Colonel Yea, a British Crimean War Hero.
Yerong Creek- Yerong, native for place of initiation ceremony
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