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Aboriginal Peoples 

Tjirbruki Munaintya (Tjilbruke Dreaming)

The Tjilbruke Dreaming extends geographically from the Adelaide Plains near Warriparinga, down the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis, and across into country of the Ramindjeri (Rosetta Head/The Bluff) and Peramangk people (Brukunga/Adelaide Hills).


The story of Tjilbruke. Tjilbruke, also spelt Tjirbruki, is an important creation ancestor for Kaurna Meyunna. Several versions of the Tjirbruki Munaintya Tjirbruki Dreaming are available on the internet and in various publications with varying amounts of detail and accuracy.

Karl Winda Telfer, cultural custodian, and Gavin Malone, cultural geographer have written a Tjirbruki Munaintya Summary (Telfer & Malone) (PDF 130KB) which can be found on their CRED: Cultural Research Education Design website. 


Dedication of plaque at Carrickalinga Head. On Sunday afternoon, 26 February 2023, Karl Winda Telfer, Burka, Mullawirra meyu (Senior Man, Dry forest people) led a moving dedication ceremony for a replacement plaque at Carrickalinga Head, one of the sites on the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track. The South Australian Governor, Her Excellency, Francis Adamson AO, spoke at the event, emphasising the importance of maintaining and preserving Aboriginal history of the region, delivering the first part of her address in Kaurna Meyunna language.

Man standing next to plaque on a rock with the sea behind him

Karl Telfer, dedication ceremony Carrickalinga Head

Photo of plaque providing information about the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track

Tjilbruke Dreaming Track replacement plaque

The memorialisation of the Tjilbruke Track was part of a life’s work of more than 50 years for Nganki Burka Mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Kaurna Meyunna yerta (Kaurna Meyunna country), the late Georgina Williams, Karl Telfer’s mother.

Named Aboriginal Places on the Western Fleurieu

From presentation held Saturday 21 May 2022, Yankalilla Uniting Church Hall

For those who expressed an interest on the day, here are the references mentioned during the presentation:

The full Place Name Summary (PNS) includes downloadable essays by Chester Schultz:

  • Introduction to Kaurna Place Names essays project

  • The Geography of Language Groups around Fleurieu Peninsula at First Contact

  • Ask the right question, then look everywhere. (Presentation on Chester’s research methods)

The Kaurna Place Names website, by KWP (Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi) features a Google map with index & popup windows of public information.

See also the KWP website at 

Coast Scene near Rapid Bay. Sunset Natives Fishing with nets, c1847. G. F. Angas AGSA_sml (1)

Coast Scene near Rapid Bay. Sunset Natives Fishing with nets, Angas,(AGSA)
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