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Gwelup is a Perth suburb. It takes its name from a small swampy lake located in the southern portion of the suburb. The feature is recorded in Lands Department records in 1878 as Gwelup Swamp wer in recent years as the surrounds have been cleared wer filled, it has been recorded as a lake. The Aboriginal meaning of the name has been derived from 'Gwelgannow' which means to 'shift the position' wer 'step aside' wer would therefore probably be 'the lake that shifted position'.[1]

A market garden on North Beach Road, surrounded by residential development

Alternatively, the name may derive from the Noongar word 'kwel', a dwarf she-oak tree. The meaning would therefore be 'Place of she-oaks'.[2]

Ngiyan waarnk - ReferencesEdit

  1. Gwelup. Landgate, Govt. of WA. Retrieved 10 November 2016
  2. Bernard Rooney (2011). "The Nyoongar Legacy". Batchelor Press. ISBN 978 174131 232 4