Hobart to be offered new Aboriginal name


The Hobart City Council is set to be offered a new Indigenous name to be used for the state’s capital.

The name, which will be revealed at Wednesday afternoon’s formal presentation, has been offered by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and was revived from the language palawa kani.

The name has been introduced as part of Reconciliation Week and TAC CEO Heather Sculthorpe said it was decided upon after painstaking research, the Mercury reported.

“It is part of this process of not having Aboriginal history hidden from the history of Tasmania,” she said.

The Hobart City Council is set to be offered a new Indigenous name to be used for the state’s capital. Photo: Getty

“It’s about unveiling the true history of the area and letting people know that there were other people here before the English came, people with a vibrant society and a complex community in this area.”

The name has been kept quiet, but will be revealed at the official meeting on Wednesday in front of Lord Mayor Ron Christie.

Mr Christie said he was “absolutely sure” the community would embrace the name.

Under the Tasmanian Government’s Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy, 13 locations in the state have Aboriginal names including kunanyi/ Mount Wellington. Photo: Getty

“It is part of our history. Why shouldn’t we recognise it? The theme of Reconciliation Week is: ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’, and this is just one way of expanding on that,” he told the ABC.

Under the Tasmanian Government’s Aboriginal and Dual Naming Policy, 13 locations in the state have Aboriginal names.

This include’s Hobart’s kunanyi/Mount Wellington.