Our past

The Bundaberg Region has a respectful association with aboriginal culture and the heritage aspects of many local indigenous groups are reflected in the names of local streets and communities.

The name “Bundaberg” is formulated from a mixture of Aboriginal (bunda) and (berg/burg) either Anglo Saxon or German derivation. The name was given to the town by John Charlton Thompson, the surveyor who laid out Bundaberg in the 1860’s. Thompson was applauded for his use of an indigenous name.

The Taribelang people comprised the main aboriginal tribe in Bundaberg also having reported affiliations with neighbouring tribes Kabi-Kabi, Batjala and Waka-Waka.

At many schools and government buildings across the Bundaberg Region the aboriginal flag flies alongside the Australian and Queensland flags.