Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and
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Oops! Missing storybook page now available

A section of  of our very popular Gumbayngirr Yuludarla Jandaygam Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection was  accidentally omitted from this print run. This section Birrugun’s Journey South, comes just before The Final Battle on page 48. We now have the page available to download here.

Print it out and insert between pages 48 and 49. It . . . → Read More: Oops! Missing storybook page now available


 This year’s NAIDOC theme is Languages Matter and in celebration Muurrbay is holding a Family Day of Language.

Please join us for Games, activities, storytelling, songs, stalls and a sausage sizzle

When: Wednesday 5th July from 2.00-6.00

Where: here at Muurrbay (14 Bellwood Road, Nambucca Heads, NSW 2448)

See you there!

Gathang Cert III Graduation

From L-R Julie Long with graduates: Rose Lowe, Jonathan Lilley (behind Rose),Arlene McInherny, Lyne Walshe, Rhonda Radley, Sharon Edgar-Jones, Natalie Stanfield, Jay Davis, Yeena Robins

Stormy conditions did not prevent students from the Gathang Certificate III course gathering at Club Taree for their graduation ceremony on Wednesday 15 March. Marianne McKinnon-Kidd was the only . . . → Read More: Gathang Cert III Graduation

Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam Book Launch

On the 15th February, 2017 Muurrbay launched the Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla Jandaygam (Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection) at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre.

Elders and community members travelled from far and wide to enjoy the book launch.

Michael Jarrett oversaw proceeding as Master of Ceremonies.

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Muurrbay welcomes Mari Rhydwen

Mari RhydwenRegional Coordinator Muurrbay

Muurrbay is pleased to announce Mari Rhydwen has been appointed as Regional Coordinator. Mari started work for Muurrbay on the 13 February, 2017. Mari comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Following her early research in Kriol communities in the NT she took up University appointments at UWA at . . . → Read More: Muurrbay welcomes Mari Rhydwen

“Wunaa junaa yaarri yarraang, junaa ngiina nyaagu gangaa!

In 2004 Anna was appointed as the Co-ordinator-Linguist to establish Muurrbay’s Regional activity ‘Many Rivers Aboriginal Language Centre’. Anna was responsible for expanding Muurrbay’s role to support not one but seven languages, she established a Regional Advisory Group to assist in prioritising Muurrbay’s activities. Anna facilitated the process of the two activities joining to . . . → Read More: “Wunaa junaa yaarri yarraang, junaa ngiina nyaagu gangaa!” Don’t say goodbye, just say see you later!” – Anna Ash

Macquarie University student placement

Annina and Terrie Lowe, Bundjalung language coordinator, learning about ELAN

This week and next week Muurrbay welcomes Macquarie University student Annina Chrystal to our office. Annina is a third year student from Macquarie University studying linguistics, and is undertaking work placement with us for her degree. Annina has already made a valuable contribution to . . . → Read More: Macquarie University student placement

ELAN Workshop

Muurrbay staff and Gumbaynggirr language teachers came together for training in the transcribing program ELAN. Led by Muurrbay consultant linguist Albert Burgman, the training focused on how we can use ELAN to transcribe incredibly valuable recordings of speakers, resulting in a time-aligned file that matches up the audio recording with the written text. This is . . . → Read More: ELAN Workshop

Darkinyung Language workshops

In mid-March, Muurrbay arranged two Darkinyung Language workshops in Wyong and Kariong to bring together everyone interested in being involved in the revitalisation of the language.

We were welcomed in Darkinyung by Aunty Bronwyn Chambers and Gary Williams did an acknowledgement of country in Gumbaynggirr.

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Launch of Gumbaynggirr Dictionary

Gumbaynggirr Elders and youth joined together to launch Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar

Barry Phyball, Nambucca Shire Mayor Rhonda Hoban and Gary Williams

The new and improved second edition of the Gumbaynggirr dictionary-grammar was launched by Elder Barry Phyball at Muurrbay on the 18th of March 2016. Ricky Buchanan gave a welcome to country, as he’d done . . . → Read More: Launch of Gumbaynggirr Dictionary