Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Badjalang (NSW)
LocationFrom northern bank of Clarence River to Richmond River; at Ballina; inland to Tabulam and Baryugil. Coastal hordes (Widje) go inland only to Rappville. The phonetic spelling of the name as given here is a record of the preference of a man of the tribe encountered in 1938. An anonymous note (Science of Man, 12 (1911), 214) says that the boundary between the dialect spoken on the Clarence River, presumably Badjalang and that of the Richmond River comes at a place called Moonim, which is near Coraki. Rankin (1900:132) indicates a strong break in language between this tribe and the one at Lismore.
Co-ordinates152°55'E x 29°15'S
Area2,300 sq. m. (6,000 sq. km.)
ReferencesBundock, 1889; Livingstone in Fraser, 1892; Mathews, 1897 (Gr. 6567, 6573), 1898 (Gr. 6468, 6457), 1900 (Gr. 6572), 1907 (Gr. 6511); McDougall, 1900-1901; Evans, 1903; Hargrave, 1903; MacPherson, 1904; Anonymous, 1911; Tindale, 1940; Smythe, 1948-1949, 1965; Capell, 1956, 1965; Rose, 1956; Australian Encyclopedia, 1958; Calley, 1958; Ryan, 1964; Wurm, 1965; Holmes, 1966; Holmer and Holmer, 1969; Sharpe, 1969.
Alternative NamesBadjelang, Budulung (paidjal = badjal = man), Buggul (g read as dj), Paikalyung, Paikalyug, Bandjalang, Bandjalong, Bunjellung, Bundela, Bundel, Widje (horde or hordes at Evans Head), Watchee, Woomargou.
This information is reproduced from NB Tindale's Aboriginal Tribes of Australia (1974). Please be aware that much of the data relating to Aboriginal language group distribution and definition has undergone revision since 1974. Please note also that this catalogue represents Tindale's attempt to depict Aboriginal tribal distribution at the time of European contact.

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