Baada (WA)

LocationCape Leveque peninsula from Cape Borda in west to Cygnet Bay and Cunningham Point on east coast. Probably this is the tribe first encountered by Dampier, 14 January 1688. His is the first tangible reference to Australian aborigines. There are five local groups. Living principally on sea products they use seagoing rafts on light mangrove wood poles pegged together in visiting offshore reefs and mangrove-lined shores. They live today at the Lombardina Mission. The name as given was recommended to me by Father Worms and I have checked it personally in the field from the lips of several men of the tribe.
Co-ordinates122°55'E x 16°30'S
Area300 sq. m. (800 sq. km.)
ReferencesBates, 1914; Elkin, 1933, 1935, 1936; Worms, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1950, 1952, 1953 MS, 1959; Kaberry, 1939; Petri, 1939; Capell, 1940; Tindale, 1940; Nekes and Worms, 1953; Coate, 1966; Lavis, MS.
Alternative NamesBad, Ba:d, Bard, Barda, Bardi, Bad (Capell [1956] writes it as Bad).
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