Kaurna Placename Meanings within the City of Adelaide.
In late 1996, Dot Davy, a Kaurna woman working for the Adelaide City Council, approached Rob Amery to develop a Kaurna naming strategy for Council. This was prepared in collaboration with KACHA Inc. Five of these names, Piltawodli, Karrawirra, Tambawodli, Wirranendi and Karrawirra Parri, initially gained in-principle approval in 1997. The first four of these were officially endorsed by Council in March 2000 and signage installed in November 2001. Karrawirra Parri, being a geographical feature, had to await approval from the state government. This was forthcoming in November 2001. An additional 19 names were approved in May 2001. Tarndanyangga-Victoria Square was dual named in May 2002. The remaining city squares and named parks were dual named in March 2003. All these place names appear in the original spellings in the signage.
Kaurna Naming Project
Full List of Adelaide City Park Lands and City Squares Assigned Kaurna Names
||Naming Protocol - January 2004
||Pirltawardli 'possum place'
||Patipatinyila 'swimming place'
||Kantarila 'kandara root place'
||Kangatila 'kangata berry place'
||Ngampa Yarta 'ngampa root ground'
||Nanthu Wama 'horse plain'
||Kuntingka 'kunti root place'
||Parngutila 'parnguta root place'
||Tidlangka 'tidla root place'
||Warnpangka 'bullrush root place'
||Tainmuntila 'mistletoe place'
||Karrawirra 'river red gum forest'
||Kadlitpina 'Captain Jack'
||Mulhawirrapurka 'King John'
||Ityamaiitpina 'King Rodney'
|Pakapakanthi 'to trot: a term applied to horses'
||Tuthangka 'grass place'
||Wita Wirra ‘peppermint grove/place’
||Pityarrila 'marshmallow root place'
||Kurrangka 'blue gum place'
|Park 21 West
||Mirnu Wirra 'golden wattle grove'
||Walyu Yarta 'walyu root ground'
||Wikaparntu Wirra 'netball park'
||Wirrarninthi 'to become wirra'
||Tampawardli 'plain place'
||Narnungka 'native pine place'
||Tarndanya Wama ‘Adelaide plain/oval’
||Tulya Wardli ‘Police Barracks’
||Pangki Pangki 'Kaurna tracker and guide'
||Tantutitingka ‘native lilac place’
Dual Kaurna Named City Squares
||Tarntanyangga 'red-kangaroo rock place' (Red Kangaroo Dreaming)
||Mukarta 'head' (King John's wife)
||Tangkairda 'fungus' (King Rodney's wife)
||Wauwi 'female grey kangaroo'
(Captain Jack's wife)
||Kudnartu 'third born child - female form' (First Aboriginal woman to marry a European)
||Ivarityi 'misty rain'
(King Rodney's daughter)
Other City Features with Kaurna Names
||Torrens River/Karrawirra Parri
|Main Lake Botanic Garden
||Main Lake/Kainka Wirra
Original Names not yet officially recognised.
Two additional Kaurna names are known for localities within the jurisdiction of the Adelaide City Council, but do not yet have official recognition.
Tinninyawodli (lit. rib house) was the name that the Kaurna gave to the Ironstores. Tininya ‘rib’ was extended to mean ‘iron’ probably because iron was imported in lengths that were likened to ribs. Even though Tinninyawodli is some distance from Piltawodli, it is located within the Piltawodli Park.
Ngamatyi (originally spelt Ngamaji in the Advertiser article in 1927) was given by Ivarityi as the name of the site where the GPO is now located. The meaning of Ngamatyi is unknown, but as the name bears some resemblance to ngami ‘breast’ and ngamaitya ‘woman’ it is thought by some to refer to a women’s site. The GPO was approached by Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi in mid-2003 for recognition of the name.