Wubuy Bible

Welcome to the Electronic form of the Wubuy Bible!

Wubuy is the traditional language spoken in and around Numbulwar (pictured below, pop. 800), on the east coast of Arnhem Land, opposite Groote Eylandt, Australia. A number of speakers live on Groote Eylandt, and Wubuy is understood by many on Groote and in the surrounding region for whom it is not a first language. Most older adults speak Wubuy or at least understand it. However since young people at Numbulwar are now speaking Kriol as their first language, Wubuy is now considered an endangered language.


The first Bible translation work undertaken was the Gospel of Mark (Len Harris) in the 1940s. In 1952 when Rose River Mission (Numbulwar) was established, Earl Hughes, the chaplain, continued with translation work. This is significant as mainstream opinion at the time was that the Aboriginal "race" was dying out, and Aboriginal people should all learn English, so Bible translation was a waste of time.

Later, with the Whitlam years, there was a strong push from the Federal Government for Aboriginal languages to be supported. The funding provided greatly helped translation work. In 1976, The Church Missionary Society sent a couple to facilitate the work at Numbulwar by assisting the local translation team. Different methods were used, including local speakers using a tape recorder, subsequent keyboarding of the text and working through the multiple stages of checking. One lady in particular did a massive work of first drafting on her own.

In 2010 the Wubuy Shorter Bible was dedicated, containing Genesis 1-11, Ruth, Jonah, and the whole New Testament. The decision was made to discontinue further translation work as all the younger people at Numbulwar were speaking Kriol as their first language, and the whole Bible was available in that language. About a quarter of the Old Testament is past the first draft stage, and could be made available for future checking or audio recording if there was sufficient interest.

Offline Standalone Version of this site:
The Wubuy Bible and Concordance can be downloaded and installed for later use offline. Select which file below you wish to download, the Audio version file contains the files necessary for playing audio but is significantly larger to download:
Wubuy Standalone Bible.msi (7MB).
Wubuy Standalone Bible with Audio (395MB)

Program Installation instructions:
Download and run the installation file from the link above and confirm all prompts during the process. Once installed, a shortcut to the offline Bible will be placed on both the computer desktop and in the Start Menu under the group AuSIL. At this time, there is no support for installing on Mac.

Wubuy Audio Bible:
Mp3 Recordings for listening or select the link to download the MP3 file for future playback. Links to the available audio portions are also accessible from within the Bible chapter pages which can be clicked on the left.

Genesis_1            10Mb

Genesis_2            8Mb

Genesis_3            9Mb

Mark_1            21Mb

Mark_2            16Mb

Mark_3            13Mb

Mark_4            18Mb

Mark_5            17Mb

Mark_6            26Mb

Mark_7            17Mb

Mark_8            16Mb

Mark_9            21Mb

Mark_10            23Mb

Mark_11            14Mb

Mark_12_1-12            6Mb

Mark_12_13-44            20Mb

Mark_13            17Mb

Mark_14            34Mb

Mark_15            19Mb

Mark_16            3Mb

Acts_1            13Mb

Acts_2            20Mb

Colossians_1            17Mb

Colossians_2            13Mb

Colossians_3            10Mb

Colossians_4            8Mb