Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Mardudunera (WA)
LocationCoastal plain north of the Fortescue River; north to visited islands of the Dampier Archipelago on log rafts; inland only to foot of ranges. These are perhaps the people described by King, (1827:i:38) as tide riding on logs near Lewis Island. Brown (1913) gave them a tribal area of 3,500 square miles (9,100 sq. km.) which seems to be an overestimation. The name has been checked in the field as above.
Co-ordinates116°30'E x 21°5'S
Area2,100 sq. m. (5,500 sq. km.)
ReferencesKing, 1827; 'Yabaroo,' 1899; Clement, 1903; Brown, 1912, 1913, 1914; Bates, 1914; Radcliffe-Brown, 1930; Tindale, 1953 MS, 1966 MS; Fink, 1957 MS; Brandenstein, 1965 MS.
Alternative NamesMardudjungara, Mardudhunera, Mardudhunira, Mardudhoonera, Mardutunira, Mardatunera, Marduduna, Mardathoni, Mardatuna, Maratunia, Jawunmala (Indjibandi 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