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Wollongong City Council

Aboriginal Culture and Communities

The area we know today as Wollongong was originally inhabited by the Dharawal people (also spelled Tarawal or Thuruwal), who remain the Traditional Custodians of this land.

The name Wollongong is said to originate from the Aboriginal word woolyungah, meaning five islands.

Wollongong has a proud Aboriginal community that encourages everyone to learn about and celebrate local cultural traditions.

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