One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The person in charge; the boss.‘he was the maluka of a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory’
- ‘They would say, 'Maluka, we like burnim grass long that Knuckey's Bluff.'’
- ‘As a result of herd losses, the maluka and his men head out on a man hunt.’
- ‘Then the Maluka's reply came, and Mac whistled in amazement.’
- ‘The Maluka explained that the missus understood all that.’
- ‘Maluka! Maluka! Sammy bin bit by snake!’
- ‘The blacks did not fear the Maluka.’
- ‘The great Shadow, closing in on us, flung wide those gates of Death once more, and turning, before passing through, beckoned to our Maluka to follow.’
- ‘When Gunn died a long, drawn-out sobbing cry went up from the camp as the tribe mourned for their beloved dead - their dead and ours - our Maluka.’
Early 20th century: from Djingulu (an Aboriginal language) marluga ‘old man’.
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