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Group of Koorie men, circa 1847

The Koori People are Indigenous Australians of New South Wales and Victoria. This is their preferred term, expressing pride in their heritage and race.[1][2]


The word Koori is from Awabakal language gurri; It is an indigenous Australian language that was spoken in the area of what is today Newcastle.

Koori Court[edit]

A Koori Court is a division of the Magistrate's court in Victoria, that sentences Indigenous Australians who plead guilty.

Koori Radio[edit]

Koori Radio, a community radio-station based in Redfern, broadcasts to Sydney on a citywide licence. It forms part of the Gadigal Information Service and is the only radio station in Sydney providing full-time broadcasting to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Koori Mail[edit]

Koori Mail is a national indigenous newspaper based in Lismore, New South Wales.

Koori Knockout[edit]

The NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout is one of the largest gatherings of indigenous people in Australia. A modern-day corroboree for the Koori people of NSW, it has been held annually over the October long weekend since 1971.[3]

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. ^ An Australian aborigine from Victoria and most of southern New South Wales. This is their preferred term, expressing pride in their heritage and race.
  2. ^ Korff, Jens. "How to name Aboriginal people". creativespirits. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Norman, Heidi. "Koori Knockout". sydneybarani. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 

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