Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Mamu (QLD)
LocationOn the Johnstone River; at Innisfail; inland to Nerada and on the Coast Range north to Tolga; south to Murdering Point. Rain forest dwellers; 14 on northeastern part of NE map. There are five or more hordes, Mandubara, Tulkubara (Dulgabara), Bagirgabara, Waribara (Wardibara), and Djiribara. The Waribara were reputed to be of smaller stature than the others and to live in dense forests along the Johnstone River and in the gorges of the main range. They were claimed by my informant to speak the language heavily, 'like the Idindji.' The Djiribara were near Mourilyan; the Tulkubara (Dulgabara) at Jordan Creek were the purest speakers. The Mandubara were on the South Johnstone River. Parry-Okeden, 1897, listed six horde-sized units in the general area of the Mamu tribe as follows: Woggil (40 persons), Gijow (25), Kitba (60), Warrawarra (40), Ohalo (50), and Deba (70). They do not in any way match the four hordal ones given to me in 1963 and the fifth of Dixon's 1969 MS. They may be locality names rather than hordal ones. Compare notes in text and under heading Djiru.
Co-ordinates145°55'E x 17°35'S
Area500 sq. m. (1,300 sq. km.)
ReferencesParry-Okeden, 1897; Tindale, 1940, 1963 MS; Worms, 1950; Doolan, 1964 MS; Dixon, 1966, 1969 MS.
Alternative NamesDulgabara, ? Morruburra.
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

Collection AA346 Board for Anthropological Research

Collection AA632 John Kevin Raphael Doolan

Collection AA689 Joseph Benjamin Birdsell