Road signs appearing recently around the Central Coast reading Darkinjung Country are misleading.
Motorists and pedestrians seeing these signs would incorrectly assume that they are in Darkinjung traditional tribal land.
According to Wikipedia, “The Darkinjung tribe inhabited land in the area west of the Central Coast whose territory extended from the Hawkesbury River northwards about 60km to Wollombi and the Hunter River”.
As Aboriginal tribal lands were never properly surveyed, this would accord with the Aborigines themselves determining their tribal land boundaries by mountains, rivers and valleys.
The sites on the Central Coast where these signs have been erected by Transport for NSW at Bushells Ridge, Catherine Hill Bay, Cheero Point, Doyalson, Empire Bay and Ourimbah are the traditional lands of the coastal Kurringai and Awabagal tribes, not Darkinjung.
Would these signs be an insult to any descendants of the Kurringai and Awabagal tribes?
Perhaps the answer would be to relocate these signs to traditional Darkinjung lands in the Wollombi, St.Albans and Cessnock areas.
Email, Mar 29
Robert Bourke, Woongarrah