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Tintinara
South Australia
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The wheat silo and railway crane at Tintinara.
Population 257 (2006 census)
Established 1850s
Postcode(s) 5266
Elevation 20 m (66 ft)
Location 190 km (118 mi) SE of Adelaide
LGA(s) The Coorong District Council
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Tintinara:
Field Culburra
Coonalpyn
Geranium
Parrakie
Ngarkat
Colebatch Tintinara Ngarkat
Coombe
Deepwater Bunbury Mount Charles

Tintinara is a town located in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia.

The town is situated on Dukes Highway and the Adelaide-Melbourne railway line. It is in The Coorong District Council local government area, the South Australian House of Assembly Electoral district of MacKillop and the Australian House of Representatives Division of Barker. At the 2006 census, Tintinara had a population of 257.

The origin of the name has been debated. One possibility is that a local Aborigine in the area was named Tin-Tin, and the 'ara' was appended to form the placename; or that the Aborigine, one of the Boothbys' employees, was named Tintinara. It has also been suggested that the name may have been a corruption of an Aboriginal word, tinlinyara, which is the word for the stars in Orion's belt.

History

The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1840s when graziers moved their flocks of sheep into the district. Shortly afterwards the 'Tintinara' homestead was erected by the brothers T. W. Boothby and J. H. Boothby, who held a lease of 165 sq.miles here. In 1865 the new owners, William Harding and George Bunn, built the magnificent 16-stand shearing shed which is now classified by the National Trust, along with the homestead.

The Tintinara wells and Reedy Wells were regular watering points for Tolmer's gold escort team. Tintinara post office was opened in the 1860s.

Tintinara is situated in what was an unproductive region because of its poor sandy soils, and low mallee scrub and heath vegetation. After clearing of some of this vegetation, and the addition of trace elements, the district has become a productive farming area. One of the main environmental areas that Tintinara has is Lake Indawarra.

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