[Left margin note]
The boundaries of the country of the Ngarego appear to have
included the whole of the Maneroo plains and also the country
beyond the Snowy River as far as the boundary of the Omeo
tribe. Their neighbours in the [Western - crossed out] South west were the Kurnai
by whom they were much dreaded and whom they called “Brajerak”(1)
or ‘Wild men’ [To the - crossed out] South over the coast range and between it, the Lower Snowy River
and the sea, that is the present County of Croagingoling their neighbours
were a wild jungle tribe, few in number, the Bidwell-mitung, the last
of whome only “came in” and became civilized somewhere about 1870.
In the south East are the Coast Murring and to the East were
tribes of the group to which the Braidwood tribe belonged.
Their northern neighbours were the Wolgal.
[Left margin note]
(1) Bra - male or man
yirak or jirak -
yirakal loän =
an angry white man
The class system of the Ngarego/Ngarigo was as follows:-
[Table of two columns]
|Merŭng||Belleb - Lyrebird|
|Eaglehawk||Nadjabajan - Bat|
|[Būlemba] - Flying squirrel|
|Mundarŭng - Tuan|
|Namŭng - Black snake|
|Mŭlan or Mŭnja - a fish|
|Bŭt-[ttie?]-wark - Mopoke|
|Kau-ŭnga - Black opossum|
|[Wa-at?] - Red wallaby|
|Yŭk-em-brŭk||Bra-a-gar - Small hawk|
|crow||Tehuteba - Rabbit rat|
|Bowa - Flying squirrel next in size to Bulemba [above]|
|Bŭr-rū - Kangaroo|
|Beri-bong - Emu|
|Bŭdalūk - Lace lizard|
|Kūa-i-ūr - Native [Companion?]|
|Kau-au - Porcupine|
|Ū-lūn-bau - Sleeping lizard|
The law of marriage was that Merūng married Yŭk-em-brŭk
and vice versa as to the totems.
[Left margin note] Wolgal
To the north of the Ngarejo was the Wolgal tribe whose country according
an old man who belonged to it and who came from the Hume River
somewhere between Tom Groggin and Cudjewa. The fixed the boundaries
approximately as follows. Junction of the Walarigari River and the River Murray;
- Tumberumba - Adelong - Tumut - Gundagai - Lambing Flat - Yass - Queanbeyan -
Cooma - Kiandra - [Gibs? Hole - Thelbingun Mt - and thence across the Indi River
near Tom Groggin.
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Tuan - a flying phalanger, Phascogale tapoatafa, also called: wambenger, brush-tailed phascogale or phascogale.
A tree-dwelling marsupial carnivore. It has a black, bushy ‘bottlebrush’ tail, its fur is grey above and pale cream below and it has conspicuous black eyes and large naked ears.