This name is mentioned in Berndt (1942:328) who mentions the connection between 'the spinifex people at Laverton' and the 'tribes to their west, such as the 'Waul'wu'lu', 'Wɔrda and 'Maŋ'u' (A34). Capell's Linguistic Survey (1963) lists the last of these, Mangu/'Maŋ'u.
It seems that the only data available on Mangu comprises three pronouns listed by Brown (MS 1349), who does not quote the source and says 'precise location unknown, but probably somewhere in central WA'. On Berndt's map (1942), 'Maŋ'u (A34) is west of Lake Nabberu and Lake Gregory, not west of Laverton as stated in his text (1942:328).
Mangu might be a mishearing of Marrngu, a group name covering languages found north of Lake Gregory, such as Nyangumarta A61, and Brown's data may be from one or a combination of Marrngu languages. Thieberger lists Mangu as a name associated with Western Desert A80 language (1993: 397).
Northeast of Peak Hill (map in Oates & Oates 1970). ... west of Laverton (Berndt 1942:328).
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Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).