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Kinvara – Timbarra – North Queensland – 1917

Townsville, North Queensland c 1870 Richard Daintree (1832-1878) John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Wikimedia Commons

Townsville, North Queensland c 1870
Richard Daintree (1832-1878)
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Wikimedia Commons

The World’s News 21st April, 1917 p21

Will you tell me? (abridged)

Adjenda says:

“I see a correspondent (‘Kinvara’, Brisbane) asks, I presume for the meaning f the word Kinvara.

When I was a young man I was among the blacks of North Queensland and New South Wales; also for many years had them working for me. I can speak the language of both, but I never heard the word Kinvara, nor do I know the meaning of it. I think he refers to ‘Timbarra,’ which means ‘track him’. There is very little difference in the pronunciation of the words if uttered quickly.

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