Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Bunurong (VIC)
LocationFrom Mordiallac near Melbourne southeast to Anderson Inlet; on Western Port Bay and on Mornington peninsula; a coastal tribe; inland to near Dandenong Range; east to about Warragul. In the 1940 map the area of two hordes of the Wurundjeri were incorrectly drawn as Bunurong territory, following Smyth. The Bunurong spoke a dialect very close to Woiwuru, the language of their northern neighbors.
Co-ordinates145°30'E x 38°20'S
Area3,000 sq. m. (7,800 sq. km.)
ReferencesThomas, 1839 MS, 1854, 1862 MS; Byrne, 1848; Smyth, 1878; Thomas in Smyth, 1878; Green in Bonwick, 1883; Mathews, 1902 (Gr. 6401), 1903 (Gr. 6514), 1904 (Gr. 6451); Howitt, 1904; McCrae, 1911, 1917; Mathew, 1911; Tindale, 1940; Allchin, 1957; Massola, 1968.
Alternative NamesBoonurrong, Boonoorong, Boonoor-ong, Boon-oor-rong, Boongerong, Bunwurung, Bunwurru (language name ['bu:n] = no, ['wur:u] = lip or speech), Bunuron (man = [kulin]), Putnaroo, Putmaroo, Thurung (name applied by eastern neighbors = 'tiger snakes,' they came sneaking about to kill us), Toturin (general term applied to several tribes in west by the Kurnai = 'black snake'), Gippsland dialect (of Thomas, 1862), Mordialloc tribe (corruption of a place name).
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