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


The Wadere inhabited an area along the Gulf of Carpentaria, calculated by Tindale as stretching over an area of some 2,400 square miles (6,200 km2), from north of Batten Creek to the Limmen Bight River and reaching inland as far as Barrkuwirriji (the Four Archers).[lower-alpha 1],[2] Their borders with the Marra were at the Valley of Springs.[3]

Alternative names

  • Wadiri, Waderi[2]


  1. The toponym "Four Archers" was coined by Ludwig Leichhardt to honour the four Archer brothers.[1]


  1. Roberts 2005, p. 10.
  2. Tindale 1974, p. 236.
  3. Reid 1990, p. 91.


  • Reid, Gordon (1990). A Picnic with the Natives: Aboriginal-European Relations in the Northern Territory to 1910. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 978-0-522-84419-1.
  • Roberts, Tony (2005). Frontier Justice: A History of the Gulf Country to 1900. University of Queensland Press. ISBN 978-0-702-24083-6.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1925). "Natives of Groote Eylandt and the west coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Parts I-II". Records of the South Australian Museum. 3: 61–102, 103–134.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Ngewin (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
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