Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Kitabal (NSW)
LocationHeadwaters of Clarence, Richmond, and Logan rivers on main Dividing Range; Killamey to Urbenville, Woodenbong, Unumgar, and Tooloom; at Rathdowney and about Spicer Gap, Qld.; south to near Tabulam and Drake. On the 1940 map the boundary was incorrectly shown. According to some information, it may be a dominant horde of the Jukambe, along with the Biri:n and six other hordes. Radcliffe-Brown, however, associates it with the Jukambal as a subtribe, and Mathews, who implies it is a tribe, extends the territory to Allora, which is incorrect. Despite the corrections, the area occupied seems to be of tribal rather than hordal size. The vocabulary gathered by Thomas (1900) closely parallels one gathered by me in 1938 and my informants at Woodenbong insisted that Kitabal was their proper tribal name. See additional notes under Jukambe, Queensland.
Co-ordinates152°25'E x 28°25'S
Area1,700 sq. mi. (4,400 sq. km.)
ReferencesMathews, 1898 (Gr. 6468, 6444), 1907 (Gr. 6511, 6508); Thomas, 1900; Hargrave, 1903; Howitt, 1904; Mathew, 1926, 1928; Radcliffe-Brown, 1929, 1931; Tindale, 1938 MS, 1940; Winterbotham, 1956 MS; Rose, 1956; B. and H. Geytenbeek, 1964; H. Geytenbeek, 1964; Oates et al., 1964; Pittman et al., 1964; Wurm, 1966.
Alternative NamesKidabal, Kidjabal, Kit(t)a-bool, Kittabool, Kitabool, Kitapul, Gidabul, Gidjoobal, Kuttibul, Noowidal.
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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