Who are Ngarrindjeri People?

Ngarrindjeri people are the direct descendants of the original custodians of the Lower Murray, Coorong and Lakes region of South Australia. Well known Ngarrindjeri people include writer and inventor David Unaipon (1872-1967), who features on the Australian 50 dollar note; singer and songwriter Ruby Hunter (1955-2010); and cultural leader and Aboriginal rights activist Tom Trevorrow (1954-2013).

Today, several thousand people identify as Ngarrindjeri, living mostly in the Lower Murray and Coorong area. Many Ngarrindjeri people are actively involved in maintaining, protecting, sharing and celebrating Ngarrindjeri cultural heritage.

Watch this short video We Are Ngarrindjeri, © 2014 Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority and Change Media

Are you interested in learning more about the Ngarrindjeri People of the Coorong region?

Download the free resource here (1.5MB).

Where do I live? An introduction to local Indigenous people, history and culture 

All Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are geographically connected by the land we live on. Understanding the cultural significance of the land you live on and the history that’s occurred there is one of the first steps you can take to end the disconnect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and contribute to a better shared future.

The ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources are designed to help you do this, bringing together information about the Indigenous custodians, culture, language and history of the local area where you live.

Contribute information

The information presented in the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources has been collated from publicly available online and published sources. Where available, we’ve sourced this content directly from materials published by members of the relevant Indigenous people group. We’ve provided references where possible, however, we recognise the information contained in the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources may be contested and it doesn’t claim to be definitive.

For further information about Indigenous language groups, including specific land boundaries or cultural information, we recommend contacting your local Registered Aboriginal Party, visiting a local cultural centre or contacting your local council or state/territory department of Aboriginal affairs. We warmly invite feedback on our the ‘Where Do I Live?’ resources. If you’d like to contribute additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact our team contact@australianstogether.org.au