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Map of Traditional Lands of Australian Aboriginals around Brisbane.

The Jagera, also written Yaggera or Yuggera, is a tribe of Australian Aboriginal people which inhabited the region southwest of the city of Brisbane (including Ipswich) before European settlement of Australia. They are one of the traditional custodians of the land over which much of Brisbane is built.[1]


Jagera/Yaggera is classified as belonging to the Durubalic subgroup of the Pama–Nyungan languages, but is also treated as the general name for the languages of the Brisbane area of which Turrbal is then considered a dialect.[2] The Australian English word 'yakka' (loosely meaning 'work', as in 'hard yakka') came from the Jagera language (yaga, 'strenuous work').[3]


The Jagera-related peoples inhabited the territories from Moreton Bay to the Bremer River, the Jagera or Ugarapul or Yugararpal, as a distinct group being concentrated in the Fassifern and Lockyer Creek areas. To their north were Wakka and Gubbi Gubbi peoples and the Bundjalung people bordered them on the south.[4]

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  1. ^ Meadows 2001, p. 25, n.51.
  2. ^ Dixon, Ramson & Thomas 2006, p. 42.
  3. ^ Dixon, Ramson & Thomas 2006, p. 209.
  4. ^ Steele 2015, p. 85.
  5. ^ Rolls & Johnson 2010, p. 38.
  6. ^ Russo 2015, p. 215.
  7. ^ "THIS WEEK'S BOOK REVIEWS". The Courier-mail (3168). Queensland, Australia. 18 January 1947. p. 2. Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "LAST OF HER TRIBE-- UGARAPHUL PRINCESS BURIED AT COOCHIN". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 30 May 1936. p. 11 (LATE WEEK END FINAL ALL THE NEWS). Retrieved 19 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.