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Title: ‘Konggaratingga’ (Blowhole Creek)
Other Titles: Place Name Summary (PNS) 7.1/06
Author: Schultz, Chester
Publisher: Chester Schultz
Issue Date: 6-Jun-2013
Abstract: ‘Konggaratingga’ is RM Berndt’s spelling of the Kaurna name which (according to him) Ngarrindjeri man Albert Karlowan applied around 1940 to a cave on the southern Fleurieu coast at Blowhole Creek. In Karlowan’s version of the story the ancestral hero Tjirbuki, after his long underground journey, emerged here already transformed into a bird. The name is one possible phonetic spelling of ‘Congeratinga’, recorded by the first surveyors in 1840 as the name of a river northeast of Second Valley. However, at Blowhole Creek ‘Konggaratingga’ is almost certainly an error: either a confusion by Karlowan or a misunderstanding by Berndt. ‘Kongarati Cave’ in the cliffs near today’s Wirrina Resort was named (probably by Tindale) after the nearby River Congeratinga, and it is very likely that this name was mistakenly transferred to the other cave at Blowhole Beach.
Keywords: Kaurna language
Fleurieu Peninsula
Second Valley region
River Congeratinga
Ngarrindjeri language
Aboriginal place-names
South Australia geography
Kaurna Warra Pintyandi
Appears in Collections:Southern Kaurna Place Names Essays

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