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Adelaide City Council Placenaming Initiatives
The Adelaide City Council was among the first Council's to sign a Reconciliation Statement in 1997. The Kaurna Naming Project stems from Council's Reconciliation Vision Statement (1997):
"Council acknowledges the prior occupation of this land by the Kaurna people, and will seek opportunities to recognise Kaurna heritage through physical features of the City and by supporting community cultural activities.
And reflects Council's Strategic Management Plan 2004 - 2007:
"Work with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through the Adelaide City Council Reconciliation Committee to build effective Indigenous cultures in the community."
In meeting the objectives of Council's Reconciliation Vision Statement, the Project has resulted in the physical recognition of a substantial number of Kaurna heritage sites in and around Adelaide. The Project has also resulted in all 29 Parks around the City being assigned a Kaurna name and the dual naming of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga. The installation of signage was completed on the 30 June 2004. Text detailing the importance of specific areas of Adelaide's Park Lands was developed for each Kaurna sign in full consultation with Kaurna community culture and heritage groups. This reflects the intention of council's Strategic Management Plan.
For more information about the Kaurna signs and their locations, please click the numbers on the map. To hear the pronunciation, click on the name in the list below.
|KAURNA PARK NAME & TRANSLATION|
|18|| Wita Wirra
|2|| Padipadinyilla [Pariparinyilla]
'marshmallow root place'
|3|| Kandarilla [Kantardilla]
'kandara root place'
'blue gum place'
'kangata berry place'
|21|| Walyu Yarta
walyu 'root ground'
|5|| Ngampa Yarta
ngampa 'root ground'
|21|| Mirnu Wirra
'golden wattle grove'
|6|| Nantu Wama
|22|| Wikaparntu Wirra [
kunti 'root place'
'to become wirra'
parnguta 'root place'
tidla 'root place'
'native pine place'
'bullrush root place'
|26|| Tarntanya Wama
|27|| Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli
'river red gum forest'
|28|| Palmer Gardens / Pangki Pangki
'Kaurna tracker and guide'
|13|| Rundle Park / Kadlitpina
|29|| Brougham Gardens / Tantutitingga
'Native lilac place'
|14|| Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka
'Red Kangaroo Dreaming'
| Karrawirra Pari
'Redgum Forest River'
|16|| Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi
'to trot: a term applied to horses'
| Kainka Wirra
The Adelaide City Council was one of the first Councils to sign a Reconciliation Vision Statement in 1997.
As part of its Reconciliation Vision Statement :
Council acknowledges the prior occupation of this land by the Kaurna people and will seek opportunities to recognise Kaurna heritage through physical features of the City and by supporting community cultural activities. (Guiding Principle 5)
In 1997, Council resolved in principle that a list of Adelaide City sites and features for potential naming with Kaurna names be drawn up in consultation with appropriate authorities and community organisations. This work was undertaken and an initial list identifying Kaurna names for City Park Lands and City Squares was presented to Council.
In March 2000, Council endorsed the Kaurna naming of the first four Adelaide City Park Lands and made a formal request to the Geographical Names Advisory Committee to dual name the River Torrens and the Main Lake Botanic Garden with their Kaurna names.
In May 2001, Council endorsed the Kaurna naming of a further nineteen (19) Park Lands, taking the total number of Kaurna named Park Lands to 23. In March 2003, Council endorsed the Kaurna naming of all remaining Park Lands and the dual Kaurna naming of City Squares. Council has now endorsed the Kaurna naming or dual Kaurna naming of all Park Lands and Squares.
Council works closely with linguists, Kaurna communities and Council's Reconciliation Committee in the development of text for each of the Park Lands and City Squares that has been assigned a Kaurna name.
Kaurna signage for all 29 Adelaide City Park Lands has now been installed. Kaurna signage for Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga and the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari has also been installed.
Adelaide City Council Reconciliation Initiatives
This web page provides information and links to the Adelaide City Council Reconciliation action plans, the latest of which was endorsed in May 2018.
Kaurna Naming of City Park Lands, City Squares and City Features
This web page outlines the background to the Kaurna Naming of Park Lands and Squares in Adelaide. It includes comprehensive explanations of Kaurna name origins and pronunciation.
Content courtesy of:
Adelaide City Council
Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi
Signatories: Dr Alice Wallara Rigney, Lewis O'Brien and Rob Amery