This book is a consolidated account of the Warrnambool language of the Western District of Victoria based on early sources. It is intended to serve as a convenient reference for the Aboriginal people of the Warrnambool area and for all researchers. It is part of a series of consolidated accounts of Victorian languages that I and others have produced and are producing. Each account brings together early source material, mostly from the nineteenth century, and incorporates the recordings made by Luise Hercus where they are available. These recordings date from the 1960s and are the only work by a modern linguist based on tape-recordings of speakers. In the case of the Warrnambool language only thirty-five words could be recorded. Sadly it is no longer possible to find people who still remember substantial parts of any of the languages once spoken in Victoria.
Each account involves some interpretation of the source material. In particular it involves transcribing early notations into a consistent broad phonetic form and restating points of grammar in current terminology.