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Pelican Waters QLD - Street Names
Undambi Place

“Man”

Although there is considerable debate about the names and boundaries of the tribes of the district, Norman Tindale’s book Aboriginal Tribes of Australia establishes that the Undambi tribe originally inhabited the Golden Beach area as part of a 10-mile wide coastal strip from Noosa Heads to the mouth of the Brisbane River. 

Tindale located the Kabi Kabi tribe to the west of this, the Ningi Ningi people as being from Toorbul Point, and the Joondoburri people (or Ngunda according to Tom Petrie) as being from Bribie Island.

John Matthews M.A., B.D, an academic anthropologist, who lived in Kabi territory as a tennage youth for more than six consecutive years. 

He visited the tribe periodically afterwards and spoke their language as a “second mother tongue” knew many Aborininal tribes and made a lifelong study of their love and their laws.

In his book published in 1910 the coastal tribes ranged along the coast from 16 kilometres inland and from Noosa to the mouth of the Brisbane River. 

He called this place “Undabi”, which meant “Man”. 

Then he located the Aboriginal tribe Kabi Kabi to the west of the Undanbi.

undabi
Aboriginal tribe Kabi Kabi

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