Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Wakara (QLD)
LocationSouthern side of upper Mitchell River; east to Mount Mulligan; west to Wrotham Park and Blackdown. Not to be confused with the Kokowara of Normanby River despite Mathews's name. According to Richards, they were a dominating tribe at the time of first contact in 1875 but he allowed them only 40 square miles of territory (he possibly meant 40 miles square). A separate horde or possibly a separate tribe, Wunjurika, lived to the west of Mount Mulligan but had entirely lost their identity in the Wakara by about 1890 and are not separately listed here. Apparently this tribe was placed too far to the northeast by McConnel. In the 1940 work the name was missed on the main map but it was present on the inset.
Co-ordinates144°15'E x 16°45'S
Area3,100 sq. m. (8,100 sq. km.)
ReferencesMowbray in Curr, 1886; Mathews, 1898 (Gr. 6464); Richards, 1926; Davidson, 1938; McConnel, 1939-1940; Sharp, 1939; Tindale, 1940.
Alternative NamesWakura, Wakoora, Koko-wogura, Kookoowarra (of Mathews; means 'bad speakers'), Wun-yurika.
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