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Name Wurrumiyanga
Type Designation Major
Place Id 400
Place Type Aboriginal Community
Status Registered
Date Registered
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -11° 45' S (Decimal degrees -11.758306)
Longitude: 130° 38' E (Decimal degrees 130.63747)
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Locality / Suburb  
Land Council Tiwi Land Council
Resource Centre Managed by Local Government
Local Government Area  
  Tiwi Islands Shire Council
Alternate Names  
  Bathurst Island
History/Origin Originally established as a Mission by the Catholic Church on Bathurst Island at the southern entrance to Apsley Strait.

During the World War II defence of Darwin the Mission had the code name ARSY.

In the 1980s the name of this Community changed to Nguiu.

In 2010, the Community name was altered from Nguiu to Wurrumiyanga, as requested by the Tiwi Land Council, on advice from Traditional Land Owners.

Wurrumiyanga is the local Tiwi name for the area where the community is built, meaning "the place where the cycads grow".

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
16/06/2010 Alteration of name
23/06/2010 NTG 25 Notice of Alteration of Name of Place
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