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The Nimanburu were an indigenous Australian people of Western Australia.


The Nimanburu apparently spoke a Nyulnyulan language. Their speech was described by other aboriginal informants as a 'heavy' dialect of the language spoken by the Warrwa.[1]


Norman Tindale estimate Nimanburu tribal lands to extend over roughly 1,200 square miles (3,100 km2) from the King Sound coast, around Repulse Point southwards to the swamp plain where the Fraser River debouches into the sea. Their inland extension ran as far as the headwaters of that river.[1]


Despite being territorially a coastal people, the Nimanburu refrained from seafaring, and were not known to employ rafts as other contiguous groups in the Kinbg Sound did.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Tindale 1974, p. 252.


  • "AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia". AIATSIS.
  • "Tindale Tribal Boundaries" (PDF). Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Western Australia. September 2016.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Nimanburu (WA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University.
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