Wynarka, South Australia

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Wynarka
South Australia
Wynarka highway.jpg
Highway view of Wynarka
Wynarka is located in South Australia
Wynarka
Wynarka
Coordinates 35°08′0″S 139°44′0″E / 35.13333°S 139.73333°E / -35.13333; 139.73333Coordinates: 35°08′0″S 139°44′0″E / 35.13333°S 139.73333°E / -35.13333; 139.73333
Population 167 (2006 census; District Pop, not town)[1]
Postcode(s) 5306
LGA(s) District Council of Karoonda East Murray
State electorate(s) Hammond
Federal Division(s) Barker
Localities around Wynarka:
Ettrick Bowhill Perponda
Chapman Bore Wynarka Karoonda
Naturi Moorlands Sherlock

Wynarka is a very small town in South Australia 120 kilometres (75 mi) southeast of Adelaide on the Karoonda Highway (B55) and Loxton railway line in the Murray Mallee. Wynarka lies within the District Council of Karoonda East Murray. The current boundaries of Wynarka include the former locality of Kulde, the next railway station towards Tailem Bend, named after the local Aboriginal word for "brothers".[2]

The name Wynarka is from an Aboriginal word meaning a strayer.[3]

There is an automated telephone exchange, CFS station, small post office and payphone in the main street. There is also a football oval and tennis/netball courts.

Adelaide Crows football player Tyson Edwards grew up in Wynarka and is a former player of the local Wynarka Football Club.

On 15 July 2015, the remains of a young child and a suitcase were discovered near the side of the Karoonda Highway near Wynarka.[4] The child was not identified until October as having been Khandalyce Kiara Pearce who had been reported missing with her mother from extended family in Alice Springs in 2009. Her mother's body had been found but not identified in 2010 in the Belanglo State Forest in New South Wales and is also believed to have been murdered.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wynarka (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Kulde". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. SA0053504. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Place Names of South Australia - W". State Library South Australia. Retrieved 2007-05-24. 
  4. ^ Sam Kelton (18 July 2015). "South Australian suitcase murder: Post-mortem confirms child dumped at Wynarka met violent end". The Advertiser. News Corp. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Girl in suitcase identified as Khandalyce Kiara Pearce; mother Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson found in Belanglo State Forest". ABC News. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.