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Bundjalung

Bundjalung, sometimes Yugambeh-Bundjalung, was a language spoken on the far north coast of NSW and in south-eastern Queensland.  Linguists have identified at least 19 dialects including Gidhabal (spoken on the upper Richmond River), Wehlubal (spoken at Baryulgil on the Clarence River) and Bandjalang (spoken at Coraki and Evans Head).  Bundjalung is a living though endangered language, with fluent speakers living on the north coast to this day.  Bundjalung people have a rich mythology based on the concept of the Butheram (the Bundjalung version of the Dreaming).  Central to their beliefs are increase sites called  djurbil where plentiful supplies of particular animals and food can be assured if the correct ritual is performed.[1]See A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory by Jim Wafer and Amanda Lissarrague, 2008, Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative; also Bandjalang Social Organisation by Malcolm Calley, 1959, unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Sydney.

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1. See A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory by Jim Wafer and Amanda Lissarrague, 2008, Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative; also Bandjalang Social Organisation by Malcolm Calley, 1959, unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Sydney.

NSW Aboriginal Trackers

This website explores the history of Aboriginal trackers in NSW from 1862 when the current NSW Police Force was established through to 1973 when the last tracker, Norman Walford, retired.  You can read about the lives of individual trackers and some of the incredible tracking feats they performed.  There is also information about the police stations where they worked and...

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Police Stations

There were over 200 NSW police stations that employed Aboriginal trackers between 1862 and 1973.  Many were concentrated in the central-west and north-west of the state, the agricultural and pastoral heartland of NSW.  This is because one of the main jobs of trackers was to pursue sheep, cattle and horse thieves. Trackers sometimes lived in small huts out the back...

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A General History

Early History Since the beginning of the colony, government agencies, explorers, surveyors and members of the general public called upon the tracking abilities of Aboriginal men and women.  First Fleet officers and early land-owners sometimes made use of Aboriginal men to track and capture escaped convicts.  Alexander Berry, for example, relied on an Aboriginal man known as Broughton (or Toodwick)...

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