Place names chart

A chart of place names for the Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney section, including current place names, references and historical names and descriptions.

Present name Aboriginal name Reference Historical name/description
North Head (outer) Boree 'Sydney Cove' 1878c North Head
North Head (inner) Garungal, Car-rang-gel Dawes 1790-1791, Anon ca 1790-1792 North Head
Spring Cove or Little Manly Cove or Manly Cove Kayoo-may Anon ca 1790-1792 Collins Cove
Manly Cove or North Harbour Kay-ye-my, Kay-yee-my Anon ca 1790-1792, Phillip in Hunter 1793 Manly Bay
North Harbour Kunn-ná, Kunná, Cannae Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848, 'Sydney Cove' 1878a North Harbour, Manly Beach
Balgowlah Jilling Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Fincham's, North Harbour or Balgowlah Township
Middle Harbour Warrin gà, Warringá Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Middle Harbour
The Spit or Middle Harbour Burra-brú, Burrabru Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 The Spit, Middle Harbour
Parriwi Head or The Spit Parriwi Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Point East of Spit
Fig Tree Point (Long Bay, Middle Harbour or Sommerville Point, Balmain) Cooroowal Thornton 1899 Fig Tree Point
Middle Head Kuba Kaba, Caba-caba, Ca-ba Ca-ba Dawes 1790-1791, Anon ca 1790-1792, Collins 1798 Middle Head
Chowder Bay Koreé, Koree Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Chowder Bay, Chowder
Chowder Head or possibly North Head (inner) Gurugal, Gurrugal Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 West Head
Probably between Bradleys Head and Middle Head Taliangy, Tal-le-ongi-i Dawes 1790-1791, Anon ca 1790-1792 [illegible] water, Bradley Point
Bradleys Head Booragy, Búrroggy, Burròggy or Broggy Dawes 1790-1791, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Bradley's Point, Bradley's Head
Mosman Bay Goram bullagong, Gorambùllagong Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Sirius Cove / Mossman's Whaling Establishment
Robertsons Point Wulworrá-jeung Larmer 1832 Robertson's Point
Kurraba Point Kurrá bá, Kurrábá Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Point West of Robertson's Point
Kurraba Point western side Wurru-birri Larmer 1832 McLarens Store
Careening Cove Wéyé Wéyé, Weeawya Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Careening Cove Head, Careening Cove
Wudyong Point Wudyong Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Point east of Milsons
Kirribilli-Milsons Point Kiarabilli, Kiarabily Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Milson's Point
Lavender Bay Quibéreé, Quiberee Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Hulk Bay
Blues Point Warung áréá, Warrungarea Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Billy Blues Point
Lane Cove River Turranburra Thornton 1899 Lane Cove River
Hunters Hill-Woolwich peninsula MocoBoula Joules Joubert 1860 Peninsula beginning at the mouth of the Lane Cove River
Charity Point, Meadowbank Mar-ray-mah Anon ca 1790-1792 Dinner Point
Parramatta Paramatín, Parramatta, Par-ra-mat-ta Dawes 1790-1791, Phillip 1790, Hunter 1793, Tench 1793, Collins 1798 Parramatta, Rose Hill
Toongabbie Toon-gab-be Phillip 1792 3 miles westward of Parramatta
To the west of Parramatta

Wau-maille / War-mul

Malgray-matta / Mal-gra-mattar

Era-worong / A-rar-woo-rung

Carra-matta / Car-rar-mattar

Boolbane-matta / Bul-barn-mattar

Carro-wotong / Kar-rar-wo-tong

Anon ca 1790-1792 To the westward from Rose Hill, 10 minutes walk
To the westward from Rose Hill, 19 minutes walk
To the westward from Rose Hill, 7 minutes walk
To the westward from Rose Hill, 18 minutes walk
To the westward from Rose Hill, 5 minutes walk
To the westward from Rose Hill, 29 minutes walk
Prospect Mar-rong / Mararong Anon ca 1790-1792 To the westward from Rose Hill 17 minutes walk to Mararong Prospect Hill
Homebush Bay island on western side near mouth Arrowanelly Anon ca 1790-1792 The island of the flats
Breakfast Point or Mortlake (or possibly Greenwich Point) Booridiow-o-gule Anon ca 1790-1792 Breakfast Point
Spectacle Island Gong-ul Anon ca 1790-1792 8th or Spectacle Island
Snapper Island Ar-ra-re-agon Anon ca 1790-1792 7th Island
Iron Cove? Go-mo-ra Anon ca 1790-1792 Long Cove
Cockatoo Island Wa-rea-mah Anon ca 1790-1792 6th or Cockatoo Island
Yurulbin Yerroulbin, Yerroulbine Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Long Nose Point
Goat Island Me-mil, Memill, Me-mel, Milmil Anon ca 1790-1792, Phillip in Hunter 1793, Collins 1798, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 5th island, Memilla (at Memill), Goat Island
Darling Harbour Tumbulong, and Go-mo-ra? Anon ca 1790-1792, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Darling Harbour, Long Cove
Millers Point Coodye Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Jack the Millers Point
Dawes Point Tar-ra, Tarra, Tárrá Anon ca 1790-1792, Meehan 1807, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 West point of Sydney Cove, Slaughter House Point
Campbells Cove? Melia-Wool Anon ca 1790-1792 A small cove within [Sydney Cove]
The Rocks west side of Sydney Cove Talla-wo-la-dah Anon ca 1790-1792 Where the hospital stands
Sydney Cove War-ran, Weé-rong, Warrane, Warrang Anon ca 1790-1792, Tench 1793, King in Hunter 1793, Meehan 1807 Sydney Cove, Sydney
Bennelong Point Tu-bow-gule, Tubow-gule, Too-bow-gu-liè, Tobegully, Jubughalee, Jubùghallee Anon ca 1790-1792, Phillip in Hunter 1793, Collins 1798, Meehan 1807, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Sydney Cove east point, the eastern point of the cove, Bennelong Point
Farm Cove Woggan-ma-gule, Woccanmagully Anon ca 1790-1792, Meehan 1807 Farm Cove
Farm Cove beach Cookaroo Thornton 1899 Farm Cove Beach
Mrs Macquaries Point Yu-ron, Yurong, Yourong, Anon ca 1790-92, Meehan 1807, Mitchell ca 1848, Larmer 1832 East bank of Farm Cove, Mrs Macquarie's Point
Fort Denison or Pinchgut Island Mat-te-wan-ye Anon ca 1790-1792, Collins 1802 4th or Rock Island, the small island which is situated in the middle of the harbour
Woolloomooloo Bay Walla-mool, Wallamoula, Wooloomooloo Anon ca 1790-1792, Peron 1809, Lycett 1824-1825 Cove next to Farm Cove
Garden Island Ba-ing-hoe Anon ca 1790-1792 3rd or Garden Island
Potts Point Derawun Anon ca 1790-1792 East point of [cove next to Farm Cove]
Elizabeth Bay Carraginn Anon ca 1790-1792 Next cove [meaning cove next to Woolloomooloo Bay]
Elizabeth Point Jerrowan, Jèrrowan Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Elizabeth Point
Macleay Point Yarrandab, Yarrandabby Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Mr McLeay's Point
Rushcutters Bay Kogerah Huntington 1873 Rushcutter Bay
Darling Point Yaranabe 'Sydney Cove' 1878a Darling Point
Clark Island Be-lang-le-wool, Billong-ololah, Billòng-olòla Anon ca1790-1792, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 2nd island [meaning, as coming up the harbour), Clark Island [sic]
Near Watsons Bay on South Head or Point Piper Woo-la-ra, Willárrá, Wallàra Southwell 1788a, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 The Look-Out, Point Piper
Shark Island Bo-a-millie, Boambilly, Boam bill ...[word incomplete document damaged] Anon ca 1790-1792, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 1st island coming up the harbour, Shark Island
Rose Bay Pannerong, Pan-ner-rong, Ginnagullah Anon ca 1790-1792, Collins 1798, Huntington 1873 Rose Bay
Steele Point (Shark Point) Burrowwo, Burrowway Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Rocky Point south of Vaucluse
Vaucluse Point (Bottle and Glass Point) Móring, Moring Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Vaucluse Point
Watsons Bay [Kutti Beach] Kutti Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 Siddons & Watson's Residences
Laings Point, or Watsons Bay Mit-ta-la, Metallar, Ku-bung hárrá, Kubungarra Southwell 1788, Anon ca 1790-1792, Larmer 1832, Mitchell ca 1848 The Green Point west of Camp Cove, Lang's Point; Laings Point
Sow and Pigs Reef Ba-rab-ba-ra, Bir-ra-bir-ra, Birrur bi...[word incomplete document damaged], Birrur Birah Southwell 1788a, Anon ca 1790-1792, Mitchell ca 1848, Larmer 1832 The Mid-Rock, The rock in the Channel, Sow and Pigs
South Head [inner] Burra.wa-ra, Bara woory ? [writing unclear], Barraory Southwell 1788a, Dawes 1790-1791, Anon ca 1790-1792 Inner South Head, South Head
South Head [outer] Tar-ral-be Anon ca 1790-1792 South Head
Murriverie Pass Marevera West 1882 Between Ben Buckley and Bondi
Ben Buckler Benbuckalong West 1882 Ben Buckley
Bondi Boondi Thornton 1896 in Organ 1990 Bondi
Tamarama Cramaramma West 1882 The bay known as Nelson's
Gordons Bay or Coogee Kudgee, Coojee, Kooja, Coogee, Koojah Miles 1854, 'Sydney Cove' 1878b, West 1882, Thornton 1896 A small bay between the large bays of Port Jackson and Botany Bay, Coogee, The bay north of the bay now known as Coogee
Coogee Bobroi West 1882 The bay where the two hotels are
Maroubra Mooroobra 'Sydney Cove' 1878b Mooroobra
Long Bay Boora West 1882 Between Maroubra and Little Bay
Botany Bay, north head Bunnabi, Bunnabri Thornton 1892, Thornton 1899 North Head Botany
Yarra Bay Yarra West 1882 Yarra Bay
Botany Bay Ka-may Anon ca 1790-1792 Botany Bay
Bonna Point or Kurnell/Quibray Bay Bunna Bunna Thornton 1899 Bonna Point, Botany Bay
Kurnell Kundul Thornton 1892 South head of Botany Bay
Cronulla to Kurnell Goonamarra Thornton 1896 in Organ 1990 Beach and sand hills about Port Hacking


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