Ngangaruku country lies along the lower Murray River near Murray Bridge immediately east of the Mount Lofty Ranges.
It lies east of the Mount Lofty language Peramangk and south of the closely related Murray River language Ngayawang. It is also north of the Ngarrindjeri language.

AIATSIS id : S.06


Meru, Náŋurúku, Ngangaruku, Ngangurugu (used by AIATSIS), Nganguruku, Nkanguru.


The above map is based upon the Horton Indigenous Map of Australia © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. The full map is available on the AIATSIS website. The locations of the languages of SA, as stated on the this website are not intended for Land Claim use, and are an approximate guide only. Individual language project locations are based on information from publicly available MILR (ILS) documents.


RADCLIFFE-BROWN, A. R. (Alfred Reginald), (1881-1955). 1918. Notes on the social organization of Australian tribes. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 48: pp.243-246. [[Annotation: Includes relationship terms from his informant, Jenny.] [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia, Barr Smith and other libraries in Adelaide.]]

TAPLIN, Rev. G., ed. 1879. The Folklore, Manners, Customs and Languages of the South Australian Aborigines. Adelaide, Government Printer. VIEW HERE [[Annotation: Taplin refers to Ngangaruku combined with several other groups, collectively as ‘Meru tribe.’] [This material is available at the State Library of South Australia, Barr Smith and other libraries in Adelaide.]]

TINDALE, Norman B. (Norman Barnett),(1900-1993). 1930-1952. ‘Murray River Notes by Norman B. Tindale.’ [Held at SA Museum Identifier: AA 338/1/31/1. [Annotation: 'Trip to Tartanga and Devon Downs with J. B. Birdsell', 21-23 November 1952. Pasted-in copy (pp. 302-319). Includes a few ŋaŋuruku words and place names from Robert Mason.]]

TINDALE, Norman B. (Norman Barnett). 1953. ‘Murray River, 1953.’ [Held at SA Identifier: AA 338/1/31/2 [Annotation: A handwritten account of a 'Visit to Swan Reach to talk with Robert Mason' dated 1-2 July 1964. Occasional vocabulary items.]]

TINDALE, Norman B. (Norman Barnett). 1899 - 1973, 1899, 1927 - 1973 (with gaps]. ‘Murray River Notes.’ [Held at SA Museum Identifier: AA 338/2/63/1-2 [Within the papers is an envelope labelled 'Nganguruku Tribe. Crow myth from Robert Mason. Tapes available. See Tindale ms in 'Murray R. Notes' as gloss. Also 1st hearing from tapes cut to paragraphs also some place names. Some notes were transferred to ]