SERIES: What’s in a Name?

Defining Indigenous ((Yugambeh Language) named Gold Coast suburbs with visual illustrations of their literal meaning. Researched  Gold Coast City suburb histories from Gold Coast City Council website.

I was inspired to create this series, because the Gold Coast is my hometown in Australia. The strange thing is – I have been here for more than 30years, and when I returned from Sydney some years back – I fell in love with the natural sub tropical habitat of the place – particularly between Tallebudgera creek to Currumbin creek . I realised I never knew what the meaning was of the strangely named suburbs. I did some research and stumbled upon these definitions of the Yugambeh People’s language . I have so far created 15 paintings with four: “work-in-progress” as indicated in the index provided. There are 3 indigenous named suburbs I am yet to consider if I will proceed to create paintings for them. For now I hope these paintings help give a pictorial definition & memory of some of our uniquely named Gold Coast suburbs. ( I have missed Coombabah in the Index box and will rectify that shortly. )

Artist Charleen Morris

Index of Definitions

Benowa, Bonogin, Bilinga , Gold Coast suburbs
Biggerea, Bundall, Gold Coast suburbs
Coombabah, Coomera, Gold Coast suburbs
Currumbin, Mudgereeba, Gold Coast suburbs
Nerang, Numinbah, Gold Coast suburbs
Pmpama, Tallebudgera, Gold Coast suburbs
Wongawalan, Woongoolba, Gold Coast suburbs
Worongary, Gold Coast suburb

What’s in a name?