Female Swan

To: Celia & Russell Browne <>
Subject: Female Swan
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 17:32:40 +1000

In the area around Geelong Victoria, the local aboriginal clan known as the Wathaurong called the Black Swan, Coonawarra.

Coonawarra featured in the stories and was given a female persona. William Buckley, (an early convict escapee who lived with the local aboriginals for many years) was also presented with a wife by the name of Connawarra, who i beleive had some totemic relationship with the Black Swan.  

I'm unsure, but perhaps Coonawarra was more specifically the name for the female Black Swan rather than Black swans in general???

A lake in the area, Lake Connewarre,  is also supposedly named after the Black Swan.


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