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The Wodiwodi peoples were an the Indigenous Australian people of New South Wales.


The Wodiwodi language, considered a dialect of Tharawal was briefly described by William Ridley in 1875.[1], who obtained his information, via her husband, from the wife of John Malone, Lizzie Malone, a 'half-caste', whose mother was a Shoalhaven aboriginal. [2]


The Wodiwodi are estimated by Norman Tindale to have had some 1,000 sq. miles of country in the area north of the Shoalhaven River and reaching to Wollongong; Their territory took in the Illawarra district.[3] Lake Illawarra, including Berkeley and Hooka Creek. Their descendants are considered one of the custodians of the land in this area.[4]


The Wodiwodi word for the creator figure called Baiame by contiguous tribes, was Mirrirul, from the word mirīr, meaning 'sky.'[5][6]

Alternative spellings and names[edit]

  • Woddi Woddi.
  • Illawarra. (a regional name).[3]

Some words[edit]

  • būrrū. (kangaroo)
  • kudjaguz. (child)
  • būnbāri. (boy)
  • mirriguŋ. (dog)
  • jiruŋgaluŋ. (white man) [2] [7]

Landscape features[edit]

The Wodi Wodi Walking Track, Stanwell Park, New South Wales is named after the Wodiwodi people.[8]



  1. ^ Ridley 1875, pp. 111-114.
  2. ^ a b Malone 1878, pp. 264-265.
  3. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 201.
  4. ^ Wollongong City Council.
  5. ^ Malone 1878, p. 263.
  6. ^ Ridley 1875, p. 111.
  7. ^ Ridley 1875, p. 111-112.
  8. ^ VisitNSW.com.