Ltyentye Apurte Community

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Ltyentye Apurte Community
Northern Territory
Ltyentye Apurte Community is located in Northern Territory
Ltyentye Apurte Community
Ltyentye Apurte Community
Coordinates24°07′49″S 134°22′28″E / 24.130391°S 134.374341°E / -24.130391; 134.374341Coordinates: 24°07′49″S 134°22′28″E / 24.130391°S 134.374341°E / -24.130391; 134.374341
Population555 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density0.4440/km2 (1.150/sq mi)
Area1,250 km2 (482.6 sq mi)
LGA(s)MacDonnell Shire
RegionAlice Springs Region
Federal Division(s)Lingiari

The Ltyentye Apurte Community, also known as Santa Teresa, is an Arrernte indigenous community in the Northern Territory, Australia, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south-east of Alice Springs.[2] .


The mission run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at Arltunga was moved to Santa Teresa in 1953.[3] It included a Mission school and dormitories which accommodated Aboriginal boys and girls aged 5 to 17 years.[4] Hospital care was provided.[5] Fr Thomas Dixon was responsible for the church.

Keringke Arts Centre was established in 1989.[6] Since 2007 women in the community have painted religious crosses which are exported to Catholic churches around the world.[7]

On 2011 Census data, Santa Teresa is the most Catholic place in Australia.[8]


The community is governed by a Community Government Council which runs the health service (with dialysis room[9]) and some other facilities. The community contains a Catholic primary/senior school, police station, airstrip and Catholic Church. Since 1 July 2008, the MacDonnell Shire is the responsible local government for the area.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 March 2013). "2011 Census quick stats". Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Native Mission Moves to Better Site". Advocate. LXXXV, (5064). Victoria, Australia. 14 August 1952. p. 8. Retrieved 19 Feb 2017 – via National Library of Australia.; Santa Teresa and East Aranda history, 1929-1988, compiled by John Pye (Coleman's Printing, Darwin, 1989).
  4. ^ Find and Connect: Santa Teresa Mission (1953-1977).
  5. ^ National Archives of Australia, Darwin Office, Series F1 1954/64: Roman Catholic Mission Santa Teresa.
  6. ^ N. Lee, Santa Teresa celebrates, ABC Alice Springs, 4 Sept 2009; Keringke : contemporary eastern Arrernte art, Jukurrpa Books, Alice Springs, 1999, ISBN 1864650079.
  7. ^ E. Haskin, From Antarctica to the Vatican, remote Indigenous community sends crosses to the world, ABC Alice Springs, 19 Sept 2017.
  8. ^ "E-news bulletin" (PDF). Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Pastoral Research Office (21). 1 March 2013. p. 1. Retrieved 19 Feb 2017.
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