A dictionary of the Wonnarua language is being developed. Currently there are over 1000 words recorded. The WNAC has formed a Reclamation Committee with members from the traditional and local knowledge holders of the area. Once the dictionary is compiled it will be presented to the Wonnarua Elders Council for their endorsement to go on this website. Recording and preserving the remaining Wonnarua language is a key priority of the WNAC.
This work was compiled in response to the need for a practical interpretation of old
records about the language from the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie. It has 3 different PDF parts. You can download them by clicking the links below:
The Morrison Collection, is a collection of Koori artifacts from the Hunter Valley and South East Australia. The collection is named after Mr Alex Morrison (1871-1955) who collected the artifacts. The Morrison collection is currently housed at the Australian Museum, with some also at the National Museum of Australia. The collection includes 147 items, many of which are very rare. There are two canoes which are more than 200 years old and need to be housed in strict climate controlled conditions, boomerangs, spears, axe heads and handles and the original arch which was located in George Street, Singleton.
The WNAC has negotiated for the collection to be loaned to the Newcastle Museum to make these important artifacts more accessible to the Wonnarua people in their homeland of the Hunter.
The WNAC was successful in their federal grant application of $20,000 to fund the collection to be professionally photographed and available on a website and to train Wonnarua people as museum curators.
Negotiations are well advanced for the collection to be in Newcastle for three or five years and it may potentially be housed in the Singleton area in the future.
The WNAC are building the family tree of the Wonnarua people. Descendants of the Wonnarua are encouraged to give their family details to build the tree. Many Wonnarua may be uncertain of their heritage and the Elders are keen to help their members trace their family lines. If you are a member of the Wonnarua you are encouraged to research your family tree and submit what you have to the WNAC. If you are part of the stolen generation, it may be possible one of the Elders may be able to help trace your line.