Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and
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14 Bellwood Road
Telephone: 02 65 694 294

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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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‘Cleverman’ is an upcoming 6 part series that has a futuristic setting. It will feature on ABC television and has a cast of familiar names both in acting and production, as well as our up and coming actors- You will need to keep an eye out for the credits.

Muurrbay’s connection to ‘Cleverman’ is . . . → Read More: ‘Cleverman’

'Survival Day'

Up and at em’ early- setting up our stall for ‘Survival Day’!

Well done to Uncle Gary Williams and Jinda Maxine Jarrett for representing Muurrbay on this special day and showcasing the hard work that we do here, when maintaining and continue on with our language.

This is evidence of our survival and we should . . . → Read More: ‘Survival Day’

Australian Linguistics Society

Anna Ash represented Muurrbay at the annual workshop of the Australian Linguistics Society which was hosted by the University of Western Sydney in Parramatta, from 9-11 December. Anna also attended the pre-ALS workshop Tuesday 8th December about; ‘What Universities can do to support the teaching of Aboriginal Languages?”

The meeting resulted in the formation of . . . → Read More: Australian Linguistics Society

Gumbaynggirr Dictionary arrives!

Muurrbay is pleased to announce that the Second Edition of the Gumbaynggirr dictionary and learners grammer has arrived…


Gumbaynggir Dictionary & Learners Grammar Edition 2


Curious onlookers try and sneak a look in at the new dictionary

To all those who worked so hard BANYJARRAMBANG ( you done well), especially Br. . . . → Read More: Gumbaynggirr Dictionary arrives!

Gathang Classes

Fifteen determined and committed students have just finished the first semester of Certificate III in Learning an Endangered language: Gathang.

They have completed five of the core units of the course and will continue throughout 2016.


This semester, students have studied the sound and spelling system of their language, discussed the status of . . . → Read More: Gathang Classes

NAIDOC- Grafton


Bugalbeh (thank you) to all the people who visited the table for Muurrbay. It was an honour and privileged to listen to all your stories regarding learning language. The joys, struggles and a sense of well-being when hearing and speaking language in our communities was evident. Many found family members in the books and . . . → Read More: NAIDOC- Grafton

Bundjalung Workshop- Lismore

Muurrbay was invited to present at a Bundjalung language workshop in Lismore on November 19th, attended by many Bundjalung Elders and people working with language in many areas such as schools. It was hosted by Gnibi, with master of ceremonies Glen Rhodes of the Aboriginal Language Nest.

Gary Williams


It was a great . . . → Read More: Bundjalung Workshop- Lismore