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It might however be correct to consider the [hanelbura?] as a sub tribe of a much larger tribe, [?] spread over a wide extent of country lying in the head waters of the Belyando River, the Thompson River and of some [confluents?[ of the Mackenzie River Rivers. The [component?] tribes or/are subtribes or of Hordes which compare the larger aggregate adjoining the Wakelbura and speak dialects of the same language, intermarry with it and have generally friendly relations with it and with each other. The group maybe [crossed out - this given] [?], in addition to the Wakelbura tribes:

1 Kŭmbŭkabura [underlined] from Kŭmbŭka the broad leaved Ironbark tree. From the Belyando River westward across the sources of the Thompson River.

2 [Wian bura?] [underlined] from [Owan?] = a young Emu, - on the Upper Belyando River

3 Dora-bura [underlined] from Doro = the roots of a tree. About the junction of the Belyando and Sutter River Rivers.

4. Mūtherabura [underlined] from Wūthera = a grub formed in the Brigalow tree (1)

[Left hand margin note](1) Acacia harpophylla[Fn m.][underline]A. [?] [?] A. aneuraall [?] except T.& W.G.A. glaucescens [Will?]mountain Brigalow.V. or [w?] Q


In the years 1883-1886 this tribe changed its name to Waralabura from waral = boat. The change was made because the owners of the Run put a ferrie boat on a large lagoon near the Homestead and they called itself after this boat. It sems therefore that any unusual circumstance may cause a change in the tribal name.

5 Mŭngki bura [underlined] from mungki the word used by them for "sheep" .[2 words crossed out] Natal Downs and about the Cape River

Adjoining these there are other tribes related to them. The Mūtobura adjoining the Kumbukabura on the [crossed out - best] sources of the Thompson River to the west. The Tilbabura, who became extinct about ten years [crossed out - ago] or more ago adjoined the [?Waubura?] to the South west, and between the Tilbabura and the [Mūtabura?] were the [Terrabura]] who is now also extinct.

6 The Bithel bura once adjoined the the Wakelbura and [Owaubura?] to the East but have long been extinct, and the [Owaubura?] have taken up their country. Beyond the [Mungkebura?] are the [Braubura?] who are again adjoining the [Bringabura?] at the junction of the Belyando and Burdekin River Rivers.

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