Bunjellung, Aboriginal Australia
The Goanna is the totem of the Bunjalung people of Northern N.S.W. Australia
From northern bank of Clarence River to Richmond River; at Ballina; inland to Tabulam and Baryugil.
In other words, Byron Bay belongs to the Bunjalung people.
Coastal hordes (Widje) go inland only to Rappville. The phonetic spelling of the name as given here is a record of the preference of a man of the tribe encountered in 1938. An anonymous note (Science of Man, 12 (1911), 214) says that the boundary between the dialect spoken on the Clarence River, presumably Badjalang and that of the Richmond River comes at a place called Moonim, which is near Coraki.
Alternative Names: Badjelang, Budulung (paidjal = badjal = man), Buggul (g read as dj), Paikalyung, Paikalyug, Bandjalang, Bandjalong, Bunjellung, Bundela, Bundel, Widje (horde or hordes at Evans Head), Watchee, Woomargou.
Bundjalung National Park
Bundjalung is a national park in New South Wales (Australia), 554 km northeast of Sydney, in the Northern NSW area.
Area: 210 km²
Latitude: 29° 14′ 51" S Longitude: 153° 19′ 43" E
Date of establishment: January 25, 1980
Managing authorities: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
This park offers a great range of things to see and do, and places to go. With an area of 17,000 ha its variety of environments include 38 km of beach, sections of littoral (coastal) rainforest, heathlands, coastal cypress stands, lagoons and wetlands on relatively undisturbed coastal plains. Curious rock formations abound, notably at Black Rocks and along the coast near the Esk River – the longest natural coastal river ecosystem on the north coast.
The presence of extensive Aboriginal middens and campsites throughout the park is witness to the richness and diversity of the natural habitats which supported the Bundjalung people for many thousands of years.
Fortunately the park escaped intensive environmental change from timber-getters and farming settlers. However, sand mining caused disturbance to some natural areas. Rehabilitation measures and careful management will ensure the return of natural vegetation to those areas affected within the park.
LINK: Bundjalung National Park list of species .. hmmm AMAZING MAP! check out the view map link on this window.
Related Aboriginal Language
The Kamilaroi/ Gamilaraay language belongs to the Kamilaroi people and to Kamilaroi country, northern New South Wales, Australia. This group is inland.
Aboriginal Culture Research Resources
Indigenous.gov.au – the Indigenous Portal, a site for and about Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.
Indigenous Affairs Resources - Australian Parliamentary Library.
Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library
The Internet guide to Australian Aboriginal studies.
PANDORA - Australian Indigenous Peoples. PANDORA (Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia), contains archived web-accessible sites and publications that may no longer be available from their current or original web sites.
AIATSIS – Family History Unit Comprehensive listing of resources available for Indigenous family history.
Aboriginal Languages of Australia Annotated links to resources for about 60 languages
Place name search Geoscience Australia
Map from Norman B.Tindale’s Aboriginal Tribes of Australia, 1974 Norman B. Tindale’s map of Aboriginal group boundaries began as a project in the 1920’s, was first published in 1940 and revised in 1974.
Aboriginal Australia map The map was created by Dr David Horton and produced by AIATSIS.