Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

Colonialism and its aftermath: A history of Aboriginal South Australia


Wakefield Press

Place of Publication

South Australia


School of Arts and Humanities




Brock, P. & Gara, T. (2017). Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast. In P. Brock & T. Gara (Eds.), Colonialism and Its Aftermath: A history of Aboriginal South Australia Adelaide (pp. 203-222). Wakefield Press. Available here


Deep, protected harbours and wetlands dot the coast of Eyre Peninsula at regular intervals from Fowlers Bay to the upper Spencer Gulf. Teeming with fish, shellfish and crustaceans, as well as copious birdlife, they provided a rich resource for countless generations in spring and summer. Kangaroos, wombats and other wildlife abounded on the adjacent rolling plains. The region was home to a number of Aboriginal language and cultural groups. The Nauo occupied the south-western part of the peninsula, from about Coffin Bay to Streaky Bay, with the Barngarla on the eastern side. Wirangu country extended from Streaky Bay to Fowlers Bay and further westwards, and also included the western Gawler Ranges. The eastern Gawler Ranges and the Lake Gairdner area were the territory of the Kokatha

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