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Wongawallan history

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Click to enlarge View of Wongawallan Range and Wongawallan Creek
        with surrounding dairy farms, circa 1930s. Photographer unknown.

View of Wongawallan Range and Wongawallan
Creek with surrounding dairy farms, circa 1930s.
Photographer unknown.

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, Brisbane).

Wongawallan was the name of a Yugambeh Aborigine living in the Coomera area in the 1870s.

Information and images supplied by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Library.

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