Daguerreotype photograph (circa 1847) described as "Group of Koorie men" by the National Gallery of Victoria

Koori (also spelt koorie, goori or goorie) is a demonym for Aboriginal Australians from the approximate region of New South Wales and Victoria. For some people and organisations, the use of indigenous language regional terms is an expression of pride in their heritage.[1]


The word "Koori" is from the word gurri or guri in Awabakal, an Aboriginal Australian language that was spoken in the area of what is today Newcastle. It is sometimes spelt "koorie"; also, in coastal areas of far northern New South Wales, it is sometimes pronounced with a harder "g" sound, and is written as "goori" or "goorie".[2]

Koori CourtEdit

A Koori Court is a division of the Magistrate's court in Victoria, that sentences Indigenous Australians who plead guilty.

Koori RadioEdit

Koori Radio, a community radio-station based in Redfern, broadcasts to Sydney on a citywide licence. It forms part of the Gadigal Information Service and is the only radio station in Sydney providing full-time broadcasting to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Koori MailEdit

Koori Mail is a national indigenous newspaper based in Lismore, New South Wales.

Koori KnockoutEdit

The NSW Koori Rugby League Knockout is one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous people in Australia. A modern-day corroboree for the Koori people of NSW, it has been held annually over the October long weekend since 1971.[3]

Other names used by Australian Indigenous peopleEdit

There are a number of other names from Australian Aboriginal languages commonly used to identify groups based on geography:

See alsoEdit




  • Korff, Jens (8 February 2019). "How to name Aboriginal people". Creative Spirits. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  • Norman, Heidi (n.d.). "Koori Knockout". Sydney Barani. City of Sydney. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  • Patten, John T. (n.d.). "Aboriginal History – Why Koori History?". koorihistory.com: Aboriginal history & culture of South Eastern Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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