During this Dreaming time Terra Australis was being divided into community suburbs and specific tools and hunting / gathering technics were being development due to the climate of the environment.

It was Norman Tindale that identified in the 1940’s that Dreamers had land ownership through his map showing clan or tribal groups property. This contradicted the previous Australian colonial ideas that Aboriginal people of “Nomadic”. Norman Tindale argued this ideology by publishing a two volume book Aboriginal Australians and introduction of the first Aboriginal Australian map.

Tribal map of Aboriginal Australian by Norman Tindale

Book Reference: Tindale, N., & Jones, Rhys. (1974). Aboriginal Tribes of Australia : Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits and Proper Names ; with an Appendix on Tasmanian Tribes by Rhys Jones.  Canberra : Australian National University Press

The Norman Tindale map will allow you to zoom into a specific area and if there is information in this group it will link to source. http://archives.samuseum.sa.gov.au/tribalmap/

The South Australia Museum have a full catalogue of Aboriginal language groups, described by Tindale as ‘tribes’ with reference to researchers at the time.

Please be aware that much of the data relating to Aboriginal language group distribution and definition has undergone revision since 1974. Also that this catalogue represents Tindale’s attempt to depict Aboriginal tribal distribution at the time of European contact it may not be 100% accurate. However, it was the first map to dispute the idea of Terrus nullis and due to this the knowledge of this book and map have been hidden in history.

A Tindale Tribal index has been placed online by the South Australian Museum, the legal custodian of the Norman Tindale Collection http://archives.samuseum.sa.gov.au/tindaletribes/

Land ownership was 100% Aboriginal in 1788, which was all stolen by 1965

Jon Altman [Australian National University, Canberra] map, mentioned at The Theft And Return Of Australian Indigenous Land 1788 To 2013