The etymology of Coober Pedy, South Australia

Naessan, Petter
January 2010
Aboriginal History;2010, Vol. 34, p217
Academic Journal
The article discusses the etymology of the name of the opal mining town Coober Pedy in northern South Australia. It particularly examines the impact that the arrival of white miners after 1915 might have had on the name. The author comments on the Aboriginal word "kupa," meaning "whitefella," and "piá¹­i," meaning "quarry." The article also reflects on the history of the area and discusses several groups of Aboriginal Australians, including the Arabana, Yankunytjatjara, Pitjantjatjara, and Anangu, or Western Desert people.


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