Dept. of Aboriginal and Island Affairs,
3rd January, 68
Mr. Alf Chave, 431 Swan Road, Taringa, BRISBANE.
Sir, Yours to hand dated 21st December, 1967 reference meaning of name, and you are advised that the nearest this office can supply is that, Goolagong means "Deep Water Hole."
Thanking you for your inquiry.
21st December, 1967.
Director of the Barambah Aboriginal Reserve, BARAMBAH.
Dear Sir, This will appear a very strange request. As you probably know during the last few months an aboriginal girl, Evonne Goolagong has won many Tennis Tournaments and she could become one of our finest players.
In a very small dictionary of Aboriginal words I have been trying to find out what Goolagong means. The closest that I have been able to get is Goolagool which means "Water holing tree".
I wonder if you could help me with your far greater knowledge of the matter and get as near as possible to the aboriginal meaning for this young Tennis Champion's name.
May I wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 1968.
Yours sincerely, Alf. Chave.
Mrs Michel [initialled] 279
10th August, 64. HM/DW.
Mr. Owen Heness 14 Moreton St, Norman Park, Brisbane Dear Sir, Yours to hand dated 30th July, 1964 for which we thank you and you are advised that after inquires the following is submitted for your use.
It can be seen that a complete word cannot be found for the sentence concerned but from those listed you may be able to compile something to your satisfaction.
OYOO - One THARANYA - One TILLINGITA - One WONGARRI - One MUKA - They, one or him GOONDI - Coming ALLAWAH - Come here APANINA - Come here WATEEGAY - Come here WARRAWEE - Come here.
Trusting these assist you in your endeavours.
I remain Yours faithfully