Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Kawambarai (NSW)
LocationUpper Castlereagh River, the middle Macquarie River, and part of Liverpool Plains south to near Dubbo. Richardson says they are closely related to the Wiradjuri. The data given by Tibbetts appear to belong with this tribe. The burbung ceremony described by Mathews (1896) on Bulgeraga Creek was held in the territory of this tribe. Mathews (1903) encountered them at Gunnedah, which is east of their real country.
Co-ordinates148°30'E x 31°30'S
Area8,000 sq. m. (20,800 sq. km.)
ReferencesBarlow, 1873; Ridley, 1863, 1875; Dubbo Magistrates in Curr, 1887; Gunther in Curr, 1887; Rouse in Curr, 1887; Mathews, 1896 (Gr. 6433), 1902 (Gr. 6487), 1903 (Gr. 6489); Tibbetts, 1900; Richardson, 1910; Capell, 1956.
Alternative NamesKawamparai (said to be language name, ['kawam] = ['guin] = no), Koinbere, Koinberi, Gawambarai, Goinberai, Koinberri, Guinbrai, Guinberai, 'Mole tribe,' Coo-in-bur-ri, Wirriri (a valid alternative name for the tribe ['wir:I = no]), Wirriwirri, Wooratherie (of Tibbetts).
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