Tathra Public School launches Aboriginal language book

An initiative that has yielded interest far and wide is the publication of the Tathra Public School Aboriginal Education book titled Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language of the South Coast and Far South Coast.

This full-colour, spiral-bound, 36-page book was published by students and staff as part of the school’s Aboriginal Education Program in 2013.

Traditional language in the book is illustrated with paintings completed by all students and the book contains a dictionary of words, as well as information on the pronunciation of words. The book was funded by the P&C, the Mumbulla Foundation, Tathra Lions Club, and the Bega Valley Shire Council, and supported by the AECG and the Bega Lands Council.

At the launch of the book, ‘Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language of the South Coast and Far South Coast’
At the launch of the book Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language of the South Coast and Far South Coast

This book was Stage 1 of a three-stage project. The remaining two stages included the design and placement around the Tathra community of four signs identifying significant Aboriginal landmarks and a full-colour flyer containing a map of where these signs are located. An explanation of each site is on each sign.

Partnerships again extended beyond the immediate school and were established with the AECG, Bega Lands Council, Bega Valley Shire Council, the Tathra Lions Club and the Mumbulla Foundation. The P&C enthusiastically supported all three projects.

Dhurga and Thaua – Aboriginal Language of the Far South Coast and South Coast of NSW

This full-colour, spiral-bound, 36-page book was published by students and staff as part of the school’s Aboriginal Education Program in 2013. If you would like to order a copy of this book, click on the link below.

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Story published in 2014.