Tindale's Catalogue of Australian Aboriginal Tribes
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Ngunawal (NSW)
LocationQueanbeyan to Yass, Tumut to Boorowa, and east to beyond Goulbum; on highlands west of the Shoalhaven River. Wiradjuri people came to Yass after white settlement began. The Ngunawal were closely related to the Wodiwodi of Wollongong. Canberra, the federal capital is very near their southern boundary and thus this tribe has claims to have been the one actually on the site of the capital. The Ngarigo were the people immediately to the south also with a boundary passing close to Canberra.
Co-ordinates149°10'E x 34° 55'S
Area4,200 sq. m. (10,900 sq. km.)
ReferencesW. H. F., ca. 1840; Eyre, 1845; Cameron, 1885; Bench of Magistrates in Curr, 1887; Browne in Curr, 1887; Curr, 1887; Mathews, 1896 (Gr. 6428), 1898 (Gr. 6468), 1902 (Gr. 6563), 1904 (Gr. 6574), 1908 (Gr. 6570); Howitt, 1904; Gale, 1927; Tindale, 1938 MS; Parkes, 1952 MS; Capell, 1956.
Alternative NamesNgunuwal, Ngoonawal, Wonnawal, Nungawal, Yarr, Yass tribe. Lake George, Five Islands tribe, Molonglo tribe, ['gur:agang = no], Gurungada.
This information is reproduced from NB Tindale's Aboriginal Tribes of Australia (1974). Please be aware that much of the data relating to Aboriginal language group distribution and definition has undergone revision since 1974. Please note also that this catalogue represents Tindale's attempt to depict Aboriginal tribal distribution at the time of European contact.

Collection AA338 Norman Barnett Tindale