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Aboriginal Heritage

Coorparoo State School acknowledges The Turrbal and The Jagera people and continues to pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ancestors have walked this country for tens of thousands of years and we acknowledge their special and unique contribution to our shared histories, cultures and languages.

Here in Australia, we are fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate.

We proudly highlight and recognise the role that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women have played in shaping our identity. We celebrate and honour their priceless contribution to our nation and more importantly we acknowledge the true history of this country.

Brisbane was known to the Aboriginal people as Meanjin (also noted as Mian-jin and Meeaan-jin ) A Turrbal word which means "place shaped like a spike". The Turrbal and the Jagera people were the principal clans around today’s Brisbane, with the Turrbal mainly living north of the Brisbane River and the Jagera to the south.

“Each tribe had its own boundary, which was well known, and none went to hunt on another’s property without an invitation, unless they knew they would be welcome, and sent special messengers to announce their arrival.  The Turrbal or Brisbane tribe owned the country as far north as the North Pine River, south to the Logan River, and inland to Moggill Creek.  This tribe all spoke the same language, but, of course, was divided up into different lots, who belonged some to North Pine, some to Brisbane, and so on.  These lots had their own little boundaries.  Though the land belonged to the whole tribe, the headmen often spoke of it as theirs.  The tribe in general owned the animals and birds on the ground, also roots and nests, but certain men and women owned different fruit or flower-trees and shrubs.” (Constance Petrie, Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of early Queensland 1904, p.117. Sourced from

Many clans existed within these tribes, such as the Coorparoo clan. 

The Coorparoo Clan lived south of the Brisbane River before European settlement and generally camped along creeks. The name Coorparoo is likely derived from an Aboriginal name probably recorded by early surveyors as Kulpurum (Koolpuroom), which may have been the word given to Norman Creek and its tributaries. The word is thought to refer to either a place associated with mosquitoes, or a sound made by the 'gentle dove', recognised today on the school emblem.