Archerfield's original inhabitants were the Yerongpan clan who spoke a dialect of the Turrbal language.
According to the State Library of Queensland, Yerongpan – also written as Yerongban or Yeronghan [See AIATSIS Language Code E23] – was thought to have been the dominant clan in the area.
The site where the airfield is today would have been carefully curated for food and wildlife by the clan. Possibly this landscape may have originally attracted settlers to farm the area.
The State Library of Queensland has ascertained that the languages of Brisbane are related with many shared/borrowed words. Traditionally individuals spoke several languages including their parents’ languages and neighbouring languages.
The languages to the north of Brisbane CBD have a relationship to Kabi Kabi and Wakka Wakka. The Moreton Bay and Brisbane area languages are also linked. To the south, Yugambeh shared more in common with Bundjalung.