In the language of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Indigenous clan within whose traditional lands The Rocks precinct has developed, Tallawoladah is the name of the western shore of Circular Quay. On the eve of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Tuesday 9 August 2016, the lawn area outside the Museum of Contemporary Art was officially named Tallawoladah Place.
This recognition of the area's significance as one of the earliest contact points between the Europeans and the Gadigal has been brought about by the Language on Land project. By literally putting the local Aboriginal language back onto the land in The Rocks, Language on Land recognises and celebrates the cultural heritage of the Gadigal, highlighting the close cultural and spiritual relationships of Aboriginal peoples with 'country'—the lands on which they live.
The name Tallawoladah Place is endorsed by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council. With this and other Gadigal names now displayed throughout The Rocks, both locals and visitors are encouraged to reflect on the thousands of years of Aboriginal history that surround them.
To discover more about the Aboriginal heritage and customs of this area, and the effects of colonisation on the Gadigal people, you can visit The Rocks Discovery Museum in Kendall Lane, or go to www.sydneybarani.com.au.