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Kabi Kabi
Two Representative Tribes of Queensland - A Native of the Kabi Tribe.jpg
Regions with significant populations
South East Queensland

Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi are an Aboriginal language group[1] of South East Queensland, Australia. It is best to say both names when talking about this country,[2] people and language.[3][4] Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people are one of several Murri language groups in Queensland.


Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi country is located on the Sunshine Coast.

Native Title[edit]

The Kabi Kabi First Nation are the registered applicants for Native Title on the Sunshine Coast.[5]

Historical representations[edit]

John Mathew's representation of Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi territory in 1910 shows it stretching from Brisbane to north of K'gari (Fraser Island).[6]

By John Mathew (File:Two Representative Tribes of Queensland.djvu) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Culture and people[edit]

Notable Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi people[edit]

  • Dali'pie, an elder of the early to late 19th century, a person who was an outspoken critic of the treatment of his people by the colonial government and early settlers in Australia.
  • Dahn'dali, a man who led his young men in a war against the colonial government and early settlers, from 1841 to 1854.
  • Arthur Beetson, Queensland Rugby League legend and former Australian captain
  • Bill Monkland, a Queensland Rugby League representative
  • Eve Fesl (née Serico) Captain Queensland Woman's Athletic team, world record holder for discus (height and weight), first Australian Indigenous person to gain, on educational merit, a PhD from an Australian University
  • Jim Crowe, a member of the first Australian team to tour Britain, an indigenous team
  • Lucy Monkland, daughter of James and Maggie Crowe, who made a point of passing on the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi language and culture to her children and grandchildren
  • Clifford Monkland, senior elder, most important male, guided most of today's Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi in their culture
  • Naomi Wenitong, a Hip hop performer formerly from the duo Shakaya and currently associated with The Last Kinection
  • Bianca Beetson, a contemporary artist


  1. ^ http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-name-aboriginal-people
  2. ^ For use of the term 'Country' among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, see: Rose, D. B. (1996). Nourishing terrains. Australian Aboriginal Views of Landscape and Wilderness. Australian Heritage Commission.
  3. ^ http://www.triballink.com.au/gubbigubbi
  4. ^ http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/library/languagebibs.html#hijk
  5. ^ http://www.nntt.gov.au/searchRegApps/NativeTitleRegisters/Pages/RNTC_details.aspx?NNTT_Fileno=QC2013/003
  6. ^ Mathew, J. (1910). Two representative tribes of Queensland with an inquiry concerning the origin of the Australian race. TF Unwin. Online version: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/3355438

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