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Group of Koorie men, circa 1847

The Koori (from Awabakal language gurri, as spoken in the area of what is today Newcastle, adopted by indigenous people of other areas[1]) are the indigenous Australians that traditionally occupied modern-day New South Wales and Victoria.

The term is used by the aboriginal people of Victoria, parts of New South Wales and Tasmania, describing the indigenous people's own word for themselves. It was originally a word from the North-Coast of New South Wales, recorded for the first time in 1834.[2]

Other names used by Australian Indigenous people[edit]

There are a number of other names from Australian Aboriginal languages commonly used to identify groups based on geography:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allwords.com English Dictionary. Definition of koori.
  2. ^ Bangerang Cultural Centre. Meaning of the word "Koori".

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