The Traditional Owners of the the lands in the Ipswich region including the Rosewood Scrub are the Clans that identify as being a part of the Yagara/Yugara Language Group (the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul People).

Information from Desmond Crump
There are a couple of references for Warpai group which refers to them as a subgroup/clan of Yuggera. Thomas Petrie’s reminisces is the earliest source. It is also referenced in the original indigenous land use agreement with the Ipswich City Council as well as the local dance group Nunukul Yuggera.

If a spear was not the correct shape when being made, it could be straightened by heat and then bent properly over the head. The Ipswich, or ” Warpai ” tribe, made spears from rosewood (” bunuro “), and these were sometimes exchanged for others; the Brisbane tribe valued them greatly. Before a fight, quantities of spears were made ready.
[Src: Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of Early Queensland. St Lucia, Queensland: University of Queensland Press. 1992. p. 102]

Indigenous Land Use Agreement (

Indigenous Use and Indigenous History of Rosewood Scrub for Jagara Daran
by Dr Ray Kerkhove (Professional Senior Historian) December 2015, Keperra

Mapping Frontier Conflict in South-East Queensland – Rosewood Scrub 1843-1848
by Dr Ray Kerkhove

Aboriginal Nomenclature
Kunkala meaning running fresh water
Tallegalla which means scrub turkey
Birru meaning plain-no timber
Thagoona meaning piles
Rosewood is Cowpanby and Boonooroo meaning all brigalow
Grandchester is Goojabilla meaning honey

Information from Desmond Crump
The local word for swamp = balimbal/bulimbool while there are also a couple of specific swamps recorded in the Boonah district, e.g. swamp near Bowman’s = wunehrring; swampy place north of Mt Alford = woorangpilla; generally a reference to water includes ‘guhng’ or ‘dabil’ or waterhole = ‘wenel’ while mud = ‘wahbam’.