Dictionary of Sydney

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Area on the Hawkesbury River (Dyarubbin) at Sackville. The name was shared by local Aboriginal people with the Rev John McGarvie in 1829 as he wrote a list of place names used by the Darug and Darkinyung people along the river. Wowaw- refers to the Ancestral monster fish Waway or Wau-waiy, while ‘-me’ is the Being’s eye.The river is very deep at this point, and the hollows of the formidable cliffs above look like heavily-browed eyes, watching down the river reach.

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