Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Ualarai (NSW)
LocationOn Narran River from Narran Lake (Terewah) to Angledool; southeast to near Walgett; on Birrie and Bokhara rivers, southwest to Brewarrina; their western boundary fell between the Culgoa and Birrie rivers. Contrary to the statement of Mathews (1902) almost all their territory was within the bounds of New South Wales; Koamu people speak a similar dialect which may have confused him. Through errors introduced by Fraser (1892), it has been confused with a different tribe, Weraerai, north of the upper Gwydir River, with which its synonymy seems to have become somewhat mixed. Presence there of a white settlement called Yallaroi may have been a factor. Richardson's reference to his 'Youallerie' at Ipswich, Qld., is perhaps a lapse or a reference to a place not marked on present-day maps.
Co-ordinates147°25'E x 29°30'S
Area4,600 sq. m. (12,000 sq. km.)
ReferencesRidley, 1861, 1873, 1875; Barlow, 1873; Honery in Ridley, 1878; Fraser, 1882, 1892; Hammond in Curr, 1887; Wyndham, 1889; Tully, 1896; Quinn, 1897; Mathews, 1898 (Gr. 6468, 6442), 1902 (Gr. 6487), 1903 (Gr. 6481, 6489), 1907 (Gr. 6580); Parker, 1896, 1898, 1905; Richardson, 1899; Greenway, 1901; Howitt, 1904; Giglioli, 1911; Brown, 1918; Radcliffe-Brown, 1930; Tindale, 1940; Elkin, 1955; Capell, 1956; Australian Encyclopedia, 1958; Wurm, 1963.
Alternative NamesYualarai, Yualloroi, Yowaleri, Uollaroi, Youallerie, Yualari, Yualai, Yualeai, Yerraleroi, Yowairi, Yuolary, Euahlayi, Yourilri, Youahlayi, Jualjai, Juwaljai, Yuwalyai, Wallarai, Wolleroi, Walleri, Woleroi, Wollaroi, Gingi (name of a station on bank of Barwon River opposite Walgett), Brewarrana tribe ([u'al] = ['wol] = ['wal] means 'yes'; the correct Ualarai negative is ['wongo]; Radcliffe-Brown was in error in recording 'yual' as meaning 'no').
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.

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