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donga 1

Out in the bush. Creates an image of flat, stony spinifexed land. Donga was never used in Broken Hill as a reference to a hut - donga always meant in the wilderness of the dried arid outback. Eastern Coast bush could therefore never be interpreted as being the Donga: He's camping out in the donga somewhere.[borrowed during the Boer War from South African English where it meant `a gully formed by running water'; originally from Zulu and Xhosa udonga]

Contributor's comments:The open ground surrounding a small town: 'He chucked it out on the donga.'
donga 2

portable accommodation, usually one man provided in mining camps in the NW: Tom is still asleep in his donga.Also, donger.

Contributor's comments:This word is also used extensively in WA - particularly in the mining industry (in FIFO camps).


Contributor's comments:Commonly used term in the Navy.

Contributor's comments:Widely used in the Northern Territory.

Contributor's comments:'Donga' was used extensively in the Royal Australind Navy as well. And maybe other military arms; meaning any dwelling.

Contributor's comments:Donga for sleeping quarters is used by Australian Antarctic expeditioners.

Contributor's comments:Have heard this used in the NT.


Contributor's comments:relocatable home or rudimentary dwelling: "Block of land for sale complete with donga."

Contributor's comments:Removable buildings used on mine-sites to house workers. Typically there are four rooms in one donger: "Here's the key to your donger."

Contributor's comments:A residential unit in a bush environment, usually fairly basic: "I'm going back to my donga for a kip."

Contributor's comments:Any shared accomodation: "For the weekend we all slept in the upstairs loft. We were told that we could share the donga."