Taungurung Language Program
Address: C/- VACL
295 King Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Telephone:03 9600 3811 (VACL)
Fax: 03 9600 4277
Coordinator/Language Worker: Ms Lee Healy
The Taungurung Language Program is run in partnership with the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. The program initially employed Bill Nicholson Jr as the Project Officer who gathered the language of Taungurung people. Further there was a period whereby Gary Hansen was in the position temporarily for a six month period. The program did not have a person in the position for some time until Judy Monk commenced employment in March 2004 as the Project Officer. Sadly, Judy Monk passed away and her niece, Lee Healy (Moate) took over as the Language Worker.
The project has a proactive Steering Committee, which is drawn from the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. The Steering Committee meet on a regular basis and they have set in place recommendations for the language program.
- Initially any language which has been gathered, is for Taungurung people:
- Investigate funding agencies for the purpose of development of a teaching component for passing on language.
- Develop education tools for the purpose of Taungurung people to revive their language.
Over the past three years, Lee spent countless hours compiling her Language to produce the Taungurung Dictionary. Available for purchase from VACL. <order form>
She is now working on the Taungurung Grammar whilst also study for her degree in linguistics.