Learn Gumbaynggirr online

If you are wanting to learn your language but can't make it to classes, why not try learning online? Our introductory Gumbaynggirr course is now online offering lessons about pronunciation and grammar as well as providing models for an Acknowledgement or Welcome to Country. There are quizzes too, so you can test your own learning. Go to the Publications and Resources tab at the top of this page and go to Online Courses. Alternatively, click here, and ...

Brother Steve Morelli: co-winner of Patji-Dawes Award

Brother Steve Morelli: co-winner of Patji-Dawes Award
Brother Stephen Morelli, who has worked with Gumbaynggirr people on language for over thirty years was recently announced as the co-winner of the Patji-Dawes Award. This is Australia's premier award for teaching a language other than English. Brother Steve was nominated by Gary Williams, our CEO, who, along with everyone else who learned has Gumbaynggirr in the past thirty years, learned it from him. Brother Steve started working with Gumbaynggirr Elders a

Successful Open Day

Successful Open Day
Despite being one of the wettest days in months, the Muurrbay Open Day on 16 March, to celebrate the completion of our renovations and repairs funded by a  Heritage Near Me strategic grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage was well attended and a great success. Everyone enjoyed the mini-language classes run by several of out Certificate III graduates, singing along with Guganbuwala and the sausage sizzle expertly-manned by staff from the

Congratulations to our new graduates!

Congratulations to our new graduates!
On Sunday 16 February, a graduation ceremony was held for students of the Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Maintenance. Gumbaynggirr man, and former Australian Senator, Aden Ridgeway, was the guest speaker and presented the certificates. Graduates Standing: L-R: Lindy Moffatt, Blake Cusack, Judith Peen, Raylene McMahon, Debby Elliott, Wendy Morris, Vicky Filewood, Penelope Grace, Lesley Green  Sitting: L-R: Dylan Maycock, Mark S...

Dhanggati spoken at UN to launch Year of Indigenous Languages

Dhanggati spoken at UN to launch Year of Indigenous Languages
To launch the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages, Dhanggati man Craig Ritchie, started his address in his own language, Dhanggati.You can hear him by going to: http://webtv.un.org/d/watch/general-assembly-high-level-plenary-meeting-for-the-global-launch-of-the-international-year-of-indigenous-languages/5997497455001/?term=?term&lan=french where you can hear Craig at about 1:07:27 Craig is the CEO of the Australian Institute of Aborig...

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
This year is the International Year of Indigenous Languages and a good year to bring people's attention to the work happening at language centres, in schools, in community organizations and in families to reclaim and maintain the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Australia.  In March Muurrbay will be holding an open day to celebrate the renovation work that we have been able to do thank to funding from Heritage Near Me. It will...

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Muurrbay renovations underway

Muurrbay renovations underway
Everyone at Muurrbay is very excited that we now have renovations underway thanks to a strategic grant from the the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. The building is an old church that was in need of some repairs and repainting. Despite all the noise as the workers prepare the walls for painting and redirect the drainage to prevent the buildup of water under the office, it is wonderful to see the work progressing. When the work is completed we pla

Sydney Uni students return!

Muurrbay was delighted to host a group of Indigenous Studies students on 19 September. Most years, John Hobson and Susan Poetsch have brought a group of students to Muurrbay to learn about the operations of a language centre. They did not come in 2017, so we glad to see them return this year. They showed a keen interest in the centre's activities, including how we fund our operations. They kindly provided us all with lunch before going to explore the Nambu