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Walgalu (NSW)


The information on this page is reproduced from N.B. 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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Location:Headwaters of the Murrumbidgee, and Tumut rivers; at Kiandra; south to Tintaldra; northeast to near Queanbeyan. Parkes obtained some details from a Wiradjuri man at Brungle under the name Guramal or Gurmal. These notes also apply in part to the Ngarigo. Both tribes were to him ['guarai], or hostile people. The Walgalu spent their summers in the Bogong Mountains ['Bu:ga:?] southeast of Tumut. This tribe was omitted in error from my 1940 work. Mrs. J. M. Flood has drawn my attention to Howitt's note saying that the Walgalu went as far as Kauwambal on the upper Murray River, which she identifies as between Mount Kosciusko and Mount Cobberas. It can perhaps be assumed that they extended their bogong-gathering forays by following the highlands along the eastern border of Djilama-tang territory.
Co-ordinates:148°40'E x 35°40'S
Area:2,600 sq. m. (6,800 sq. km)
References:Howitt, 1883, 1884, 1904; Queanbeyan Police Magistrate in Curr, 1887; Bulmer in Howitt, 1904; Mathews, 1907 (Gr. 6520), 1908 (Gr. 6570), 1909 (Gr. 6441); Tyrrell, 1933; Parkes, 1952 MS; Massola, 1968; Flood, 1973 verb.
Alternative Names:Walgadu, Wolgal, Wolgah, Tumut tribe, Tumut River people (['mur:i?] = men), Guramal (of Wiradjuri- 'hostile men'), Gurmal.

Series 338/15 - Maps - Expeditions, field work and personal research (not including South East of South Australia)

  • 'Vacuum Road Guide to Victoria'
    Identifier: AA 338/15/53
    Date: 1940, Date in annotation. Date of printing unknown.
    Quantity: 0.1 cm, 1 map, 51.0x76.0 cm

  • 'Victoria'
    Identifier: AA 338/15/169
    Date: c. 1979 - c. 1980, Dates in annotations. Date of printing unknown.
    Quantity: 0.1 cm, 1 map, 51.0x75.0 cm

  • 'Snowy Mountains including Cooma' (New South Wales)
    Identifier: AA 338/15/174
    Date: c. 1970 - 1980?, Date of annotation and printing unknown.
    Quantity: 0.1 cm, 1 map, 28.0x42.0 cm

Series 338/18 - Maps - 'World Aeronautical Chart series'

  • Sydney (3456)
    Identifier: AA 338/18/39
    Date: 1968 - c. 1974, From date of printing through approximate period map was used.
    Quantity: 0.1 cm, 1 map, 51.5x76.5 cm

  • Canberra (3457)
    Identifier: AA 338/18/40
    Date: 1967 - c. 1974, From date of printing through approximate period map was used.
    Quantity: 0.1 cm, 1 map, 51.5x76.5 cm

  • Melbourne (3470)
    Identifier: AA 338/18/46
    Date: 1961 - c. 1974, From date of printing through approximate period map was used.
    Quantity: 0.1 cm, 1 map, 51.5x76.5 cm


Published by the South Australian Museum on South Australian Museum Web Site, 2000
Listed by Francesca Zilio and edited by Philip Jones
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