Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Barbaram (QLD)
LocationGreat Dividing Range, north nearly to Mareeba; south to Irvinebank and northern vicinity of Mount Garnet; west to Almaden, Koorboora (Kaboura), and Petford on the high ground. Formerly a rain scrub dwelling people; now on sterile and rugged granite ranges. Dixon suggests Almaden was out of their territory; my 1963 informant of the Wakaman tribe said their mutual boundary was at Almaden. Dixon postulates a prehistoric shift of this tribe westward out of the rain forest. I had come to the same conclusion during fieldwork with them.
Co-ordinates145°0'E x 17°15'S
Area1,000 sq. m. (2,600 sq. km.)
ReferencesParry-Okeden, 1897; Mathew, 1898; Mathews, 1898 (Gr. 6464); Richards, 1926; Tindale, 1938 MS, 1940, 1963 MS; McConnel, 1939-1940; Sharp, 1939; Tindale and Birdsell, 1940; Dixon, 1965, 1966, 1969 MS, 1970.
Alternative NamescMbabaram (initial glottal stop), (Um)Barbarem, Barbarum, Mogmbabarum (['mok] = man), Wumbabaram (Tjapukai term), Oombarbarum, Woombarbarram, Booburam, Balbarum, Woombarrmbarra (Wakara term).
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.

Collection AA338 Norman Barnett Tindale