Howitt and Fison Papers


tip70-10-23-1 Fuller to Fison 15/7/1872



The following are answers to the foregoing questionsas far as we are able to furnish them.No. 1 The number of tribes in the colony of Queensland isunknown to either "Whites" or Blacks.This island on which we are at present stationedhas about 19 different tribes on it. It is about85 miles long and about 12 wide, and I don't supposethere are more than 300 Natives on it.The tribal bond is very little cared about now sincethey have become mixed up with Europeans and asthere [sic] numbers have gradually wasted away at theWhite man's approach, through "Grog" and other perniciousinfluences, such as Venereal disease +c +c.The names of the various tribes (commencing South and goingNorthwards) are as follows - 1. Turobburra - meaning to make Huts (Turra). 2 Purreenburra, name of small birds3 Purgunburra - sea coast. 4 K┼Źntilburra, big trees.5 Tuntuburra a stretch of sand on sea coast. 6 Kunnumburratongue. 7 Pokorburra rope or string. 8 [?Elitelly?], name of creek (Eli) where tribe located. 9 Elidburra, name of smallor young mussels. 10 [?Tucki?urra?] stones. 11 Poonburra, name of native food, the fruit of "Tamia" 12 Koonaburra - creek.13. Punpubburra, name of place made in a creek with boughs +c,for catching fish. 14 Wulloaburra, smoke. 15 ToomburraPoint of land jutting out 16 Turlangburra, sunshine17 Keelumberburra name of a grub and gum trees.18 Tuntyeenburra, trees or wood. 19 Ullumburra Sandy Capeor North end of the island on which the Light house now stands.

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