Wallabadah Dawn

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Saturday 1 June, New England Highway north of  Wallabadah.

The Kamilaroi, whose Country this is, called the area Thalabuburi, which is thought to mean ‘many fierce warriors’.

Wallabadah is an Aboriginal word meaning stone,  presumably in Gamilaraay, the language of the Kamilaroi people.  It is the name of a big stone indeed. The astonishing  Wallabadah Rock is Australia’s third largest monolith after Burringurrah (Mt Augusta, in WA)  and Uluru. The township is named for Wallabadah Station, a 44000 acre land holding that was ‘taken up’ in 1835, in turn named for Wallabadah, the rock.

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