Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Noala (WA)
LocationCoastal plain from about Cape Preston near the mouth of Fortescue River southwest in a strip about 40 miles (65 km.) wide to a line running south from Onslow, but not extending to the Ashburton River, which is held by the Talandji. They kept near the seashore and went out to the Barrow and Monte Bello islands using a form of wooden 'canoe.' They neither circumcised nor subincised. They were closely related to the Talandji and have been regarded as a subtribal unit; this is denied by informants. Their inland areas away from the creeks could be visited only when claypans were filled after rain. Most of the living came from fish traps set at tidal inlets. Some of these traps were observed by King (1827, i:31). Jadira people from inland sometimes came to the coast by trespassing on their territory.
Co-ordinates115°35'E x 21°30'S
Area2,200 sq. m. (5,700 sq. km.)
ReferencesKing, 1827; 'Yabaroo,' 1899; Brown, 1912, 1913, 1914; Schmidt, 1919; Radcliffe-Brown, 1930; Connelly, 1932; Tindale, 1953 MS, 1966 MS; Fink, 1957 MS; Brandenstein, 1965 MS.
Alternative NamesNuala, Ngoala, Noella, Noanamaronga (Mardudunera term), Nooanamaronga, Jawanmala (means 'downstream people,' name used by the Indjibandi), Nunkaberi.
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