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Coombabah history

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Click to enlarge The Proud family home at Coombabah, circa 1930. Photographer unknown.

The Proud family home at Coombabah,
circa 1930. Photographer unknown.

The construction of a bridge over Coombabah Creek, circa 1930s. George A. Jackman, photographer.

The construction of a bridge over Coombabah
Creek, circa 1930s.
George A. Jackman, photographer.

What's in a name?

Coombabah.

  1. An Aboriginal word Koomboobah meaning place of the cobra worms
  2. Allen, J., Grammar, Vocabulary and Notes of the Wangerriburra Tribe.

  3. Aboriginal word Koombabah meaning place of turtles
  4. Gresty, J.A., The Numinbah Valley; its geography, history and Aboriginal associations.

  5. Coombabah an aboriginal word meaning home of turtles, or a pocket of land
  6. Steele, J.G., Aboriginal Pathways in Southeast Queensland and the Richmond River, p.63.

    Hanlon, W.E., The Early Settlers of the Logan and Albert Districts.

Information and images provided by the City of Gold Coast Local Studies Collection.

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