Darkinung people

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The Darkinung were an indigenous Australian people of New South Wales.


According to R. H. Mathews, the Darkinung's territory encompassed the lands to the south of the Hunter River, from Jerry's Plains towards Maitland, extending as far to the south as Wollombi Brook, Putty Creek, inclusive of the Macdonald, Colo, and Hawkesbury rivers.[1]

History of contact with white settlers[edit]

By the last years of the 19th century, only a remnant, mostly half-castes, of 60 Darkinung had survived, concentrated on a government reserve set aside for aborigines on the Hawkesbury river, 12 miles from Windsor. Of these, only two very old men two had been initiated, Hoe Gooburra and Charley Clark. It was thanks to these elderly informants that much of what is known of Darkinung traditional ways was able to be recorded by Mathews..[1]

Bora ceremony[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mathews (1897), p. 1.


  • Mathews, Robert Hamilton (1897). "The Burbung of the Darkinung Tribes" (PDF). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria. 10 (1): 1–12.