Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Kunggara (QLD)
LocationStaaten River south to Smithburne River and Delta Downs; inland to Stirling and Lotus Vale. The term 'Okerlika' sometimes placed on the map here has no meaning to present day aborigines of the area. Sharp (1938:449) used this term (i.e., Okerlila) as an artificial designation for a type of social organization, but spells the term three ways in a dozen lines-Okerkila, Okerlila, and Okerlika. Kuritjara is a valid alternative to Kunggara and that preferred by one of my principal informants. Some persons roll the r sound strongly with loss of the terminal vowel, hence ['Kurtjar]. In recent years many of the people have settled on Delta Downs Station. Davidson (1938), on his map, placed the name 150 miles (240 km.) to the southwest of its real position.
Co-ordinates141°25'E x 16°45'S
Area1,900 sq. m. (4,900 sq. km.)
ReferencesPalmer, 1884; Palmer in Curr, 1886; Parry-Okeden, 1897; Mathews, 1899 (Gr. 6445); Roth, 1901, 1903, 1904; Sharp, 1939; Tindale, 1940, 1963 MS; A.I.A.S., 1966.
Alternative Names'Kuri'tjari (valid alternative), Kutjar, Koonkurri, Ungorri, Gilbert River tribe, Gunggara.
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