Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Wotjobaluk (VIC)
LocationWimmera River, Lakes Hindmarsh and Albacutya; Outlet Creek; south to Dimboola, Kaniva, and Servicetown; west to beyond Yanac; east to Warracknabeal and Lake Korong; north to Pine Plains. Hartmann listed eleven known hordes. They ranged west into part of the country regionally known as the Tatiara or Tjatijala. Mathews (1902 [GR. 6401]) arbitrarily used the term as a language name. His 1904 version (Gr. 6501) under this tribal name is based on data from a northeastern horde close to Warkawarka. There the term for man is [kuli] whereas his Buibatjali dialect is based on a more southern horde that used the term ['wutju] = ['wotjo] for man.
Co-ordinates141°45'E x 35°50'S
Area4,800 sq. m. (12,500 sq. km.)
ReferencesFrancis in Smyth, 1878; Hartmann in Smyth, 1878; Spieseke in Smyth, 1878; Wilson in Smyth, 1878; Howitt, 1885, 1888, 1904; Curr, 1887; Haynes in Curr, 1887; Robertson in Bride, 1898; Mathews, 1902 (Gr. 6401), 1903 (Gr. 6481, 6489, 6501, 6503, 6514); Thomas, 1904; Parker, 1905; Stone, 1911; Tindale, 1940, and MS; Massola, 1962, 1968, 1970; Hercus, 1966, 1970.
Alternative NamesWotjo-ba-laiuruk (lit. 'men and women'), Wuttya-ullak, Wuttyuballeak, Buibatjali (dialect name), buibatyalli, Wattyabullak, Woychibirik (name for man = ['wotjo]), Woitu bullar (plural of man as used in Baraparapa tribe), Tjatijala (regional name west of Lake Hindmarsh), Tyattyalla, Djadjala, Iyattyala (misprint), Kurm-me-lak (horde name = Gromiluk), Wimmera tribe, Gourrbaluk (Gour = Lake Hindmarsh, name used by Wembawemba), Gnallbagootchyourl (Ngalbagutja = Lake Albucutya, name applied to northern hordes of tribe by the Wembawemba), Malikunditj (name given by northern tribes), Malleegunditch.
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