Coonalpyn, South Australia
Aerial view of Coonalpyn
|Population||231 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||The Coorong District Council|
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 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.
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.
In 1992, the Border-Downs Magpies and Tintinara Blues amalgamated to form the Border-Downs Tintinara Crows Football Club. The club was then a member of the River Murray Football League, and in 2001 joined the Mallee Football League. This also includes the Crows Netball Club.
There is also an active lawn bowls club which has a series of "community bowls" nights during the summer months to encourage the community to come and try lawn bowls.