from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shelter of the native Australians; a hut of any kind. Compare goondie.

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  • noun Australia A traditional Aboriginal dwelling made of bark and sticks.


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From Dharug gunya ("shelter"), first recorded 1803.


  • By night-fall they reached their first night's camp, where they found the "gunyah" very acceptable.

    Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine from Rockhampton to Cape York, Northern Queensland

  • Where the wretched bark 'gunyah' of the native stood, is now found the well-finished house of the planter; and where the savage pastimes of the

    Australian Search Party

  • He don't want no clothes nor no house, only a hut, as he makes out of a few bits o 'bark and calls a gunyah, perhaps only a mia-mia. "

    First in the Field A Story of New South Wales

  • Visible remains of Aboriginal settlement include middens, canoe and gunyah trees, and a few other markings such as scars where bees nests have been removed.

    Fraser Island, Australia

  • A word attributed to Wuywurung is the Australian slang term yabber 'talk,' which is probably from Wuywurung yaba 'speak'; another possibility is mia-mia, a synonym for gunyah 'a temporary shelter of the Aborigines, usu. a simple frame of branches covered with bark, leaves, or grass,' about which you can read in exhaustive detail here:In the Australian National Dictionary 1988 we are told that it comes from Wathawurung and Wuywurung. JINDYWOROBAK.

  • As we rode up we could see a gunyah made out of boughs, and a longish wing of dogleg fence, made light but well put together.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • He went away to his gunyah then, and except doing one or two things for Starlight would not lift his hand for any one that day.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • Silently and swiftly the three passed along the track through a country which, at every step, became more desirable, and at last emerged on an immense pocket where there was a concourse of gunyahs from which the smoke curled up, and in every gunyah was abundance.

    My Tropic Isle

  • Most of the accumulated bark and leaves having by this time passed into flame and smoke, the attendants raided the nearest gunyah for fresh supplies of material for illumination.

    Tropic Days

  • Near to this spot we came to a native encampment, consisting of eighteen or twenty gunyahs, (huts) of an oval form, about seven feet long, and four feet high; and at the southern end of the camp, was one large gunyah, eighteen feet long, seven feet wide, and fourteen feet high.

    Narrative of an expedition undertaken for the exploration of the country lying between Rockingham Bay and Cape York


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