Kaurna place naming

Recognising Kaurna heritage through physical features of the city.

In 1997 the City of Adelaide was among the first Councils to sign a Reconciliation Statement. Guiding Principle 5 states:

"Council acknowledges the prior occupation of this land by the Kaurna people, and will seek opportunities to recognise Kaurna heritage through physical features of the City and by supporting community cultural activities”.

This resulted in the Kaurna Naming Project. Council worked in consultation with appropriate authorities and community organisations to draw up an initial list identifying Kaurna names for city Park Lands and squares. By March 2012 Council had endorsed the Kaurna naming or dual naming of all Park Lands and Squares.

As you move throughout the city, you’ll see Kaurna signage has been installed across all 29 Adelaide city Park Lands. You’ll also see Kaurna signage at Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga and the River Torrens/Karrawirra Parri. The Council worked closely with Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP), Kaurna Elders and Council’s Reconciliation Committee in the development of text for the signage.

Pronunciation of significant sites

Map reconcilitaion kaurna place naming

Turn on your speakers to hear the pronunciation of each significant site. Click or tap on the park name to play.

The City of Adelaide acknowledges the services of Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi in providing the initial content of this page.

Signatories: Dr Alice Wallara Rigney, Lewis O'Brien and Rob Amery

Final content approved after consultation with Kaurna Meyunna, Kaurna Elders and KACHA.