The Ngaralda (Ngaralta), also known as Meru or Brabirawilung (though this last may be confusion with Brabralung), were an indigenous Australian people of South Australia.[1]


In Norman Tindale's estimation the Ngaralta possessed some 300 square miles (780 km2) of tribal lands, from Wood Hill on the Murray River to Port Mannum. Their western confines were at Bremer Creek, Palmer, and as far as the eastern scarp of the Mount Lofty Ranges.[2] Their boundary with the Jarildekald was at Pitjaringgarang (Mason Rock) on the eastern bank of the Murray.[3]

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  1. ^ S4 Ngaralda at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ a b Tindale 1974, p. 215.
  3. ^ Edwards & Stewart 1980, p. 48.


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  • Edwards, Robert; Stewart, Jenny, eds. (1980). Preserving Indigenous Cultures: A New Role for Museums. Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 9780642049803.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Ngaralta (SA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.