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This article is for the Indigenous Australian group. For the village named after them see Wandandian, New South Wales.

The Wandandian were an indigenous Australian people of the South Coast of New South Wales.


The Wandandian lands extended over an estimated 1,400 square miles (3,600 km2) from Ulladulla to the Shoalhaven River and Nowra.[1] To their south were the Walbanga. The tribes to their west were the Ngunawal and Walgalu.[2]


Norman Tindale cites a report by a Richard Dawsey reprinted in one of the early volumes edited by Edward Micklethwaite Curr, regarding the tribes from Jervis Bay to Mount Dromedary, as referring to the Wandandian.[3] According to this reference, the tribes divided themselves into two classes, the Piindri (tree climbers) and the Kathoongal (fishermen), and that according to their mythological lore the earth had been once devastated and had to be repopulated by people from the moon.[4]

Some words[edit]

  • barbatha/baiing (father)
  • meunda/mane (mother)
  • moomaga (white man)[5]
  • tchingar (starfish, hence "policeman", since like the marine animal, the latter seize and detain.[4]

Alternative names[edit]

  • Tharumba
  • Kurial-yuin (meaning "men of the north")
  • Murraygaro
  • Jervis Bay tribe[3]



  1. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 199.
  2. ^ Slattery 2015, p. 122.
  3. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 200.
  4. ^ a b Dawsey 1887, p. 420.
  5. ^ Dawsey 1887, p. 422.