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Dual naming

All Australians share a relationship to the land and the names we give to places convey their significance, sense of history and identity.

The New South Wales Government is committed to recognising Aboriginal cultural heritage by registering original place names given by Aboriginal people so that they sit side by side with existing European names.

Since June 2001 the government has supported a dual naming policy for geographical features and cultural sites.

This community-driven system acknowledges the significance of Aboriginal culture and, in doing so, represents a meaningful contribution to the process of reconciliation in NSW.

The Board is committed to the preservation and promotion of Aboriginal languages and acknowledging Aboriginal culture through place naming in NSW.

The Board does this by preferencing traditional Aboriginal place names or names with Aboriginal origin wherever it can and restoring traditional Aboriginal names to features with introduced names through its dual naming policy and recognising important traditional Aboriginal placenames alongside longstanding introduced names.

For more information on see our fact sheets Commemorative naming (PDF 100 KB) and Dual naming supporting cultural recognition (PDF 72 KB).

Newcastle Dual names

Eight Newcastle Landmarks are officially dual-named with their traditional Aboriginal names. The names are based on aboriginal references to the landmarks documented in maps, sketches and geological descriptions dating back to as early as 1798. Click on the links below to hear the traditional Aboriginal pronunciation.

Nobbys Head – Whibayganba 

Flagstaff Hill – Tahlbihn 

Pirate Point – Burrabihngarn 

Port Hunter – Yohaaba 

Hunter River (South Channel) – Coquun 

Shepherds Hill – Khanterin 

Ironbark Creek – Toohrnbing 

Hexham Swamp – Burraghihnbihng

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