Gambay - Languages map

First Languages Australia is working with regional language centres nationally to develop a map of Australian languages that reflects the names and groupings favoured by community.

Regional language centres have provided updated maps for their regions to be collated into this interactive map of languages and language families. Some regions have choosen to show related languages linked by colour. Knowing which languages are related can help with sharing language resources.

This map has been designed and produced in a way that allows language centres and communities to update information as they require.

To date the language centres listed below have contributed to this map. If you feel that your language is not correctly represented please contact your local language centre and they will pass on any required changes.

Gambay means “together” in the Butchulla language of the Harvey Bay region in Queensland. The ‘gam’ in Gambay has the same sound as the ‘gam' in ‘gammon’, and ‘bay’ sounds the same as it does in Australian English. This title has been provided by Joy Bonner, Butchulla Language Program.


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Language data

Contributed by language centres and regional language teams:

Northern Territory
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales/ACT

Director/Producer Faith Baisden
Associate Producer Carolyn Barker
Researchers Bridget Priman, Melinda Holden, Carolyn Barker
Teacher’s notes Camille Nielsen
Designer/Developer Ben Foley

First Languages Australia videos

Director/Producer Faith Baisden
Associate Producer Carolyn Barker
Camera/Sound Liz Warning, Youth Worxs
Editor Leah Donovan (JKL edit), Youth Worxs

Additional videos

Supplied by ABC Open and language centres and project teams.

First Languages Australia would like to thank the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee for sharing this mapping software.

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