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For the language, see Wemba Wemba language.
Map of Victorian Aborigines language territories

The Wemba-Wemba are an Indigenous Australian group in north-Western Victoria and south-western New South Wales, Australia,[1] including in the Mallee and the Riverina regions. They are also known as the Wamba-wamba.[2]

Before European settlement in the nineteenth century, the Wemba-Wemba occupied the area around Swan Hill, Victoria,[3] Dunolly[4] and Creswick.[5] Norman Tindale recorded the tribe as on the Loddon River from Kerang, Victoria north to Swan Hill; on the Avoca River south to near Quambatook; northeastward to Booroorban, New South Wales and Moulamein; near Barham; at Lake Boga and Boort, Victoria.[2]

Two German Moravian missionaries, Reverend A.F.C. Täger and Reverend F.W. Spieseke, established Lake Boga mission in 1851. The mission closed in 1856 due to lack of converts, disputes with local authorities and hostilities from local landholders.[6] The Moravian Church established a subsequent mission site in Wergaia territory near Lake Hindmarsh in 1856 (see Ebenezer Mission).[7]


  1. ^ "Australia Decoded 'W-3'". JoyZine. Archived from the original on 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  2. ^ a b Tindale, N.B (1974). "Wembawemba (NSW)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia (extract). South Australian Museum. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Swan Hill - Victoria". Travel (Sydney Morning Herald). 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2007-11-01.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  4. ^ "Dunolly". Central Goldfields Community. Goldfields Online. 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Creswick". About the Shire. Hepburn Shire Council. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-01. 
  6. ^ Felicity Jensz, pp 71-105, German Moravian missionaries in the British colony of Victoria, Australia, 1848-1908 in particular Chapter 3 Lake Boga, A Putrid Stain, IDC Publishers, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers and VSP, 2010 via Google Books, ISBN 978-90-04-17921-9
  7. ^ Ian D. Clark, pp177-183, Scars on the Landscape. A Register of Massacre sites in Western Victoria 1803-1859, Aboriginal Studies Press, 1995 ISBN 0-85575-281-5