Pitjandara tribe

Northern Territory, Australia; Dreamtime

The great rock shown here, which is 345 metres (1,130 feet) high, has two names: Uluru and Ayers Rock. This is because the site has significance for two cultures that both have a hold on it.

The modern administrators of the Australian continent are of European descent, and their history goes back to the nineteenth century, when the name Australia was adopted – derived from the Latin word australis, meaning ‘of the south’. In this era the rock was named after Sir Henry Ayers, who was governor of Australia in 1873, when the rock was ‘discovered’ by William Gosse. In 1987 it was designated ...

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