Barbaram (QLD)

LocationGreat Dividing Range, north nearly to Mareeba; south to Irvinebank and northern vicinity of Mount Garnet; west to Almaden, Koorboora (Kaboura), and Petford on the high ground. Formerly a rain scrub dwelling people; now on sterile and rugged granite ranges. Dixon suggests Almaden was out of their territory; my 1963 informant of the Wakaman tribe said their mutual boundary was at Almaden. Dixon postulates a prehistoric shift of this tribe westward out of the rain forest. I had come to the same conclusion during fieldwork with them.
Co-ordinates145°0'E x 17°15'S
Area1,000 sq. m. (2,600 sq. km.)
ReferencesParry-Okeden, 1897; Mathew, 1898; Mathews, 1898 (Gr. 6464); Richards, 1926; Tindale, 1938 MS, 1940, 1963 MS; McConnel, 1939-1940; Sharp, 1939; Tindale and Birdsell, 1940; Dixon, 1965, 1966, 1969 MS, 1970.
Alternative NamescMbabaram (initial glottal stop), (Um)Barbarem, Barbarum, Mogmbabarum (['mok] = man), Wumbabaram (Tjapukai term), Oombarbarum, Woombarbarram, Booburam, Balbarum, Woombarrmbarra (Wakara term).