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The name Wagga Wagga, meaning "the place where crows assemble in large numbers", was taken from the language of the Wiradjuri tribe who inhabited the Riverina region before white settlement.
Settled in the early 1830s following the discovery of the nearby Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers, Wagga Wagga quickly became a thriving farming community. Ironically, the rivers which prompted the city's settlement would provide as much catastrophe as they would livelihood for the town, with the river regularly flooding, with some of the worst hit years recording over seven devastating floods.
No longer simply a farming community, today Wagga is a thriving regional centre reinvigorated by significant growth in the educational sectors with a Charles Sturt University campus, School of Veterinary Science amongst others and the newly established RAAF base.
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