|Population||1,056 (2011 census)|
|Location||636 km (395 mi) SE of Darwin|
|LGA(s)||Roper Gulf Region|
Ngukurr is a remote Aboriginal community on the banks of the Roper River in southern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. A number of different clans and language groups are represented in the town, with Kriol being the main language spoken. Collectively, indigenous peoples in the Roper River area refer to themselves as Yugul Mangi, and the Yugul Mangi Aboriginal Corporation works closely with the Roper Gulf Regional Council to provide services and economic opportunities in Ngukurr and surrounding areas.
The town was originally settled by the Church Mission Society in 1908, known then as the Roper River Mission. The mission moved to the present site of Ngukurr in 1940, following a major flood. The government took over management of the town in 1968.
Map of Roper River based on the 1886 map by John Sands
Actor and musician, Tom E. Lewis, grew up in the Roper River Mission before moving into acting with his role in the film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. His mother, Angelina George, also grew up in the Roper River Mission and, along with her sisters, became a renowned painter.
Reverend Canon Michael Gumbuli Wurramara (AM) became the Northern Territory's first Indigenous Anglican priest in 1973 when he became rector of St Matthew's Anglican Church in Ngukurr.
Cherry Wulumirr Daniels received a medal of the Order of Australia in 2016 for service to her community. Her career included working as a teacher and educator, leading a local women's ranger group and teaching her traditional language of Ngandi.
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