Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Wongkumara (QLD)
LocationCooper Creek east of Nappa Merrie and Orientos to the Wilson River at Nockatunga. In postcontact times at Chastleton and NCarcowlah where they mixed with uncircumcised Kalali. Mathews (1905) used the tribal term as a general name for several tribes with similar languages along Cooper Creek.
Co-ordinates141°50'E x 27°35'S
Area4,500 sq. m. (11,700 sq. km.)
ReferencesMyles in Curr, 1886; Mathews, 1899 (Gr. 6445), 1900 (Gr. 6448), 1905 (Gr. 6454); Giglioli, 1911; Elkin, 1931; Kelly, 1935; Tindale, 1940; Australian Encyclopedia, 1958; Wurm, 1963; Breen, 1969 MS.
Alternative NamesWangkumara (valid variant), Wonkamara, Wonkomarra, Wonkamarra, Wonkamura, Wonkamurra, Wonkubara, Wanggumara, Papagunu (rude Jandruwanta name, means 'dog dung'), Balpamadramadra ( ? Horde at Nappa Merrie), Jaramarala ( ? Horde at Baryulah).
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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