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Tinga Tingana
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28°48′00″S140°10′01″E / 28.80°S 140.167°E / -28.80; 140.167

Tinga Tingana Station was a pastoral lease that once operated as a sheep station in outback South Australia.

The 1,492 square miles (3,864 km2) lease was originally taken up by William Christopher Burkitt [1] in 1874. [2] The lease straddled the sandy country on either side of the Strzelecki Creek and had one semi-permanent waterhole along with five wells to water stock. [1] Burkitt abandoned the station in 1889 after the lease expired.

A fortnightly mail coach ran through the property in 1878 on the Strzelecki Track, with a horse changing station located on the property., [2] the track to Tinga Tingana from the track was still utilised in the 1960s [3]

An Aboriginal stockman named Logic killed his overseer, Cornelius Mulhall, at the property in 1878. Logic then disappeared into the Strzelecki Desert evading capture for two years until he returned and was arrested. It was later found that Mulhall had treated Logic brutally and he was released in 1885 and eventually returned to his old job at Tinga Tingala in 1886. [2]

The lease was briefly held by Turton and Bristow but in 1890 the government appointed a caretaker, G.L. Prior. John Warren of Anna Creek took over in 1892 and then abandoned in 1895 after drought and rabbit infestation. Another caretaker, Samuel Watts, looked after the property from 1896 until his death in 1897. [1] All the Strzelecki stations were abandoned in 1899.

The Tinga Tingana Homestead Ruins are listed on the South Australian Heritage Register. [4] Much of the former station lies within the modern locality of Lindon. [5]

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  2. 1 2 3 Lyn Leader-Elliott & Iris Iwanicki (December 2002). "Heritage of the Birdsville and Strzelecki Tracks" (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2004. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. Steele, Laurence Russell; Donovan, P. F. (Peter Francis), 1945-; Steele, Flett (1995), Interview with Laurie Steele , retrieved 11 March 2016{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. "Tinga Tingana Homestead (Ruin)". South Australian Heritage Register. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 7 March 2016.[ permanent dead link ]
  5. "Search result(s) for Tinga Tingana Homestead". Location SA Map Viewer. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2016.