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Daguerreotype photograph (circa 1847) described as "Group of Koorie men" by the National Gallery of Victoria

Koori is an demonym for Indigenous Australians from the approximate region of New South Wales and Victoria. For some people and organisations, the use of indigenous language regional terms is an expression of pride in their heritage.[1]


The word Koori is from the word gurri in Awabakal, an indigenous Australian language that was spoken in the area of what is today Newcastle.[citation needed]

Koori Court[edit]

A Koori Court is a division of the Magistrate's court in Victoria, that sentences Indigenous Australians who plead guilty.

Koori Radio[edit]

Koori Radio, a community radio-station based in Redfern, broadcasts to Sydney on a citywide licence. It forms part of the Gadigal Information Service and is the only radio station in Sydney providing full-time broadcasting to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Koori Mail[edit]

Koori Mail is a national indigenous newspaper based in Lismore, New South Wales.

Koori Knockout[edit]

The NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout is one of the largest gatherings of indigenous people in Australia. A modern-day corroboree for the Koori people of NSW, it has been held annually over the October long weekend since 1971.[2]

Other names used by Australian Indigenous people[edit]

There are a number of other names from Australian Aboriginal languages commonly used to identify groups based on geography:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Korff, Jens. "How to name Aboriginal people". creativespirits. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. ^ Norman, Heidi. "Koori Knockout". sydneybarani. Retrieved 27 July 2015.

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