Alura people

The Alura were an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.


The Alura inhabited the area, estimated at about 900 square miles (2,300 km2), around the northern side of the lower Victorian river and extending east from its mouth towards the vicinity of Bradshaw.[1]

Social organisation

According to the early ethnographer Robert Hamilton Mathews, the Alura had an 8 section class system of the type he called Wombya.[2]

Alternative names



    1. Tindale 1974, p. 220.
    2. Mathews 1900, pp. 494–501,498.
    3. Mathews 1900, p. 498.


    • Mathews, R. H. (July–September 1900). "Wombya organization of the Australian aborigines". American Anthropologist. 2 (3): 494–501. doi:10.1525/aa.1900.2.3.02a00050. JSTOR 658964.
    • Spencer, Baldwin (1914). Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia (PDF). London: Macmillan Publishers.
    • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Alura (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-7081-0741-6.
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