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Bundaberg

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Bundaberg is a city in Queensland, Australia. It is part of the local government area of the Bundaberg Region and is a major centre within Queensland's broader Wide Bay-Burnett geographical region. The city is on the Burnett River, approximately north of the state capital, Brisbane, and inland from the coast.The first Europeans in the area were timbergetters and farmers who arrived in 1867. The town was surveyed in 1870. By 1881 it was gazetted as a municipality. It grew rapidly into a town by 1902 and a city by 1913.EtymologyThe city name is thought to be an artificial combination of bunda, the Kabi Aboriginal word denoting important man, and the German suffix berg indicating mountain. The city is colloquially known as "Bundy".HistoryThe local Aboriginal group is the Kalki people. They are the inhabitants of the region which stretched from the Burrum river in the south to the Baffle creek in the north. They were part of the Kabi Language Group. (Edward Curr 1886).This was part of the four-class matrilineal (female descent) moiety system used by the Kabi people. Their territory spread from the Caboolture River in the south to the Kolan River in the north.The Kabi moiety names were Balgoin, Barang, Bunda, Derwain and Tandor (Durrumboi in Ridley 1866); the phratry names were Kupaiathin and Dilbai. Gooreng (Gurang- a title given to people who were banished, although either spelling Gooreng or Gurang has same meaning of banishment title, translating to 'nothing'). Wakka inland or wa'pa (slow speech) used the moiety name Banjurr instead of Balgoin stead (Mathew 1910). Bunda was not a clan sub-tribe or tribe only one of the moiety names (Dr T H May, 1892, Brisbane Courier). Kabi headquarters is in Bundaberg (Kamarangan 2012). The boundary between the Wahr and Kalkie peoples of the Kabi tribe is the Burnett River.
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