Meintangk people

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The Meintangk are an indigenous Australian people, often classified as a subgroup of the Ngarrindjeri.


Meintangk land extended across an estimated 1,500 sq. miles. It stretched from Lacepede Bay, northwards some 12 miles (19 km) from Kingston to the Granite Rock. To the south its coastal boundaries lay on Cape Jaffa and inland eastwards to Lucindale, Blackford, Keilira, and Naracoorte. The inland territory from Lake Hawdon to Mosquito Creek also formed part of their land.[1]


The Meintangk comprised at least 7 hordes.[1] Among these were the Paintjunga who were located at Penola.[1]

Notable people

Alternative names

  • Painbali (This was the exonym used of the Meintangk by the Tanganekald).
  • Paintjunga
  • Pinchunga, Pinejunga
  • Mootatunga
  • Wepulprap (a Tanganekald term, signifying 'southern people').[1]

Notes and references

Explanatory notes



  • Fort, Carol (2005). 'Doing' history and 'Understanding' Cultural Landscapes:Cutting Through South Australia's Woakwine Range (PDF). pp. 1–17.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Meintangk (SA)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
  • Watson, Irene (2002). Looking at You, Looking at Me: An Aboriginal History of the South East vol.1. Nairne. ISBN 0958061300.
  • Watson, Irene (2014). Aboriginal Peoples, Colonialism and International Law: Raw Law. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-93837-8.
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