The Yinwum, also written Jinwum, were an indigenous Australian people of the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland.


The Yinwum's native lands covered an extent estimated at 800 square miles (2,100 km2) about the Upper Wenlock river (Batavia) River south of Moreton Telegraph Station.[1] The Nyuwathai were to their north; the Koko-Yao to their east; the Mbewum and Wikampama to their southwest, while the Ndwangit horde of the Winduwinda lay to their west, over the Cox river.[2]

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  1. ^ Tindale 1974, p. 171.
  2. ^ McConnel 1939, p. 55.


  • McConnel, Ursula H. (September 1939). "Social Organization of the Tribes of Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland". Oceania. 10 (1): 54–72. doi:10.1002/j.1834-4461.1939.tb00256.x. JSTOR 40327744.
  • McConnel, Ursula H. (June 1940). "Social Organization of the Tribes of Cape York Peninsula, North Queensland (Continued)". Oceania. 10 (4): 434–455. doi:10.1002/j.1834-4461.1940.tb00305.x. JSTOR 40327867.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Jinwum (QLD)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.