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Title: Wirrina
Other Titles: Place Name Summary (PNS) 5.02.02/1
Author: Schultz, Chester
Publisher: Chester Schultz
Issue Date: 3-Jun-2019
Abstract: ‘Wirrina’, the name of a holiday resort between Little Gorge and Second Valley, is not a Kaurna word, nor does it belong to any other local language. It is an Aboriginal word adopted in 1972 by the resort developers Holiday Village Co-operative Ltd, who almost certainly took it from HM Cooper’s publication Australian Aboriginal Words and their meanings (1949, 2nd edition 1952), where it was listed as “Wirrina – Somewhere to go”. This word probably comes from an interstate language group, possibly around the Gwydir and Barwon rivers. Other ‘meanings’ given for this place-name in the literature – ‘forest place’ and ‘place of rest’ – have no historical or linguistic credibility. No spelling ‘wirrina’ (or possible variants) is known in South Australian literature before 1972, except as a misprint for ‘Warrina’ (the name of a hamlet on the old Great Northern Railway line to Oodnadatta).
Keywords: Wirrina
Second Valley
Second Valley, South Australia
Kaurna language
South Australia geography
Aboriginal place-names
Appears in Collections:Southern Kaurna Place Names Essays

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