Surveyor Dixon originally named the area after Henry Goulbourn (Mt Goulbourn), a former Secretary for the Colonies and prominent Tory politician of the 1830s and 1840s (Country of Five Rivers Cutting Book, Cutting 47).
The name is reportedly derived from the Aboriginal word, wonga, meaning pigeon and wallan, meaning water, which was first recorded in 1868.
Alternate derivation is given as wangum wulam indicating cut or scarred face or cheek (Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Brisbane).
Wongawallan was the name of a Yugambeh Aborigine living in the Coomera area in the 1870s.
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