King Leopold Ranges renamed to honour Aboriginal culture

King Leopold Ranges renamed to honour Aboriginal culture
Friday 3 July 2020

The Minister for Lands has today announced that the King Leopold Ranges in the Kimberley region has now been officially renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges.

The Minister for Lands has today announced that the King Leopold Ranges in the Kimberley region has now been officially renamed Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges.

The Ranges were named by Alexander Forrest in 1879 in honour of Belgian King Leopold II who was responsible for grievous atrocities, brutal oppression and the enslavement of African people.

The Ranges are nearly 600 kilometres long and cross several native title areas with each language group referring to the range by a different name.

After consultation with the Wilinggin Aboriginal Corporation and Bunuba Native Title Corporation, the name Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges was chosen.

The name incorporates the Ngarinyin (Wunaamin) and Bunuba (Miliwundi) traditional names.

Read the full media statement.

Photo: TourismWA

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