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Coonalpyn
South Australia
Coonalpyn aerial.jpg
Aerial view of Coonalpyn
Population 231 (2006 census)
Established 1909
Postcode(s) 5265
LGA(s) The Coorong District Council
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Coonalpyn:
Ki Ki, Yumali, Coomandook
Meningie, Narrung & Salt Creek Coonalpyn Peake, Geranium, Parrakie, Lameroo
Culburra, Tintinara, Keith

Coonalpyn is a small town in South Australia 163 km (101 mi) southeast of Adelaide on the Dukes Highway (A8). Coonalpyn is situated in the Coorong District Council region and is in the State electorate of MacKillop and the Federal electorate of Barker.

Origin of the name

Coonalpyn downs
District Council of Coonalpyn Downs logo

This town's name is derived from the Aboriginal word Coonalpyn, meaning Barren Woman. Coonalpyn Downs was chosen by John Barton Hack to name the property and the railway station within this property.

History

Coonalpyn was originally known as part of the Ninety Mile Desert, until in approximately 1949 when the land was developed by the AMP Society. In 1995, the District Council of Coonalpyn Downs amalgamated with the Peake District Council and Meningie District Council to form The Coorong District Council.

In 1927, the Congregational Church in Coonalpyn erected its church building, and is now the Coonalpyn Uniting Church.

Electricity came to Coonalpyn through ETSA in 1962 and a water pipeline was constructed between Tailem Bend and Keith in 1968.

Lutheran History of the Area

A group of Lutheran Settlers moved to the Coonalpyn District in the early 1920s, the first congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Congregation, being formed on 9 March 1930. A second congregation, Immanuel Lutheran Congregation, was formed on 28 July 1940. In 1952, the two congregations conjointly decided to erect a church and move out of the old town institute into the new Coonalpyn Lutheran Church. The church was finished and dedicated in 1953. When Lutheran Amalgamation occurred in 1966, the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Australia (UELCA) & Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia (ELCA) congregations merged to form the Redeemer Lutheran Congregation, and a new parish was formed which included congregations at Tintinara and Meningie.

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