Aboriginal water place names

Aboriginal water place names – a lesson plan derived from the Water Corporation

Consider the importance of water source knowledge and describe NSW locations with water-based Aboriginal names.

This activity engages students with bush and natural settings, to understand the importance of water and how this has shaped and continues to shape how Aboriginal people live.

This resource is appropriate for years 3-5.

This resource has been made in the context of WA. Attached is our list of NSW place names relating to water so the activity can be adapted for NSW.

Access the lesson plan here.

NSW place names relating to water. Please note that many of the words are a different version of the original Indigenous words, often with different spellings or pronunciations, and sometimes different meanings.

To find more, students can utilise Google Maps by finding places near water with Aboriginal names, and find out their meaning.

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.