Spencer & Gillen

A journey through Aboriginal Australia

Whanaluru, Northern Territory


Camp 61 on the Spencer and Gillen Expedition 1901. Spencer (BSM50) notes: ‘Whanaluru’. Gillen: 'Winalyiru' Most probably now known as 'Woonalyaria Waterhole'. Unknown location. See NTCA, 1904: ‘The bones are supposed to be very efficient in causing the growth of lilies, which normally abound in such water - holes as Whanaluru, a favourite caniping ground of the Gnanji tribe. ‘and ‘Powell Creek, one hundred and twenty miles to the north of Tennant Creek, is 1000 feet ; and Newcastle Waters, seventy miles further north, is 700 feet. Passing away towards the north-east, the plateau slightly rises as the watershed is approached. The elevation of Whanaluru, one hundred and fifteen miles to the east of the line, is 950 feet. Less than two miles to the east of this the actual line of watershed is crossed, the elevation being approximately 1000 feet. It will be seen that the rise on the western side of the so-called coast-range is only a slight one. This is followed by a more sudden dip down into the coastal country around the Gulf of Carpentaria..’

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  • Spencer and Gillen Expedition 1901-02