There are four A’s in Ballaarat – This Place

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Description 'This Place' is a partnership between the ABC and First Languages Australia inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to create a short video about a place name, and the story behind it. Share with ICTV with support from the Community Benefit Fund.

Bryon Powell takes us on a journey across Wadawurrung country, sharing some of the stories behind its place names. His country stretches from the mountains to the sea. It includes hills, rivers and grassy plains, creeks and coasts and includes modern towns such as Werribee, Geelong and Ballarat in Victoria.
Some Aboriginal language was incorporated into new colonial names of places. Ballarat is spelt Ballaarat in Wadawurrung language, Wurdi Youang, is now known as the You Yangs and Warrenyeep is written on maps as Mt Warrenheep.

The 'This Place' project invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to create a short video about a place name, and the story behind it.

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