Posted in ABORIGINAL MATTERS,LOOKING BACK,SITES TO SEE by nellibell49 on December 8, 2009

I shall leave the interpretation to the readers – merely pointing out access points.

(Dawn closed in 1975 so these articles are all earlier than 1975 and later than  1952)

During the progressive dances one had the unbelievable
experience of seeing respected citizens of Grafton of
both sexes dancing unrestrainedly with the dark people,
If ever prejudice took a holiday it was on this occasion.


And it was for Costume and Towels – we could do with more importance paid to swimming here in 2009.


In this topsy-turvy world,

Sincere and lasting friendship is a rare gem;

How good and kind you were

throughout the years to me.

A cheerful word and kindly deed,

A helping hand to all in need;

Always sincere in heart and mind,

And whom God called upon heaven,

Your last thoughts unknown,

My saddened heart was riven

For you did not say good-bye.

You left suddenly,

Freddie Skinner,

Through Street, South Grafton.



The Aboriginal Legal Service has recently
opened an office at Grafton. The office is located
at 34 Prince Street, and the telephone number is
42 1800. The lawyer is Mr Jim Curtis and the
secretary, Denise Kapeen, who studied a full-time
secretarial course last year. The Grafton field
officer is Mr Tony Barrett, who is also a member of
the N.S.W. Aboriginal Lands Trust and of the
Advisory Council. The Grafton office brings to
six the number of Legal Service offices throughout
the State. Other offices are located at Cowra,
Nowra, Sydney, Brewarrina, and Moree.


In the past, some famous sportsmen have come from
the North coast districts of New South Wales and
the present crop of athletes from that area are no
They include Ray Laurie, an outstanding footballer
from Yamba, Kevin Randall, a police tracker who is
also a fine footballer and boxer, and two railway workers,
Edward Kapeen and Edward Walker, who are also
prominent footballers.

(Dawn closed in 1975 so these articles are all earlier than 1975 and later than  1952)


Writing to the Editor of Dawn, Mr. W. B. Fleming,
Box 14, Maclean, New South Wales, says:-
“ I would appreciate any assistance you could give
me in ascertaining the aboriginal significance of a local
place name.
Near a place called Angowie, some three miles south
of Yamba, Clarence River, within the Parish of Yamba
and county of Clarence, there is a large sheet of water,
joined to the Clarence by two anabranches. Locally
it is generally referred to as “ The Lake ”, and is well
known under that name as a fertile fishing ground. On
the Parish map it is named, and it is also widely known
as, Woolooweyah Estuary.
Further south along the coast there are two large
freshwater lake-like sheets of water, in an area known
as Wooli Wooli. I would not doubt that double name
has the usual significance, referable to the two such
waters in close proximity; and I assume that the ‘ wooli ’ means water, or some attribute of fresh water
perhaps. I imagine that the name Woolooweyah is
a bad rendering of the original descriptive name given
the estuary I refer to; and that the ‘wooloo . . . ’
is a corruption of the same sound as is applied in the
name Wooli Wooli.
I have bought, for my daughter, quite an area fronting
the estuary, and we would be very glad if we could
learn what the name Woolooweyah is likely to have been
in its original sound, and, particularly, as to what is
likely to have been the significance of ‘ . . . weyah ’.
Mr. Allan Cameron, of Ashby and Ulugandahi, tells
me that there is no member of the aboriginal race in
this area now upon whom reliance could be placed in
a rendering of the name and its meaning. The suggestions
offered as genuine and correct meanings of the
name by the older white residents are remarkable only
for their variety and unlikeliness. As owners of a
station property known as Ulah, on the Barwon, we
are aware of just how little is correct in the local
renderings of the origins, correct basic sounds, and
meanings of what pass for aboriginal place names.”
Can anyone help Mr. Fleming?


(Dawn closed in 1975 so these articles are all earlier than 1975 and later than  1952)


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