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A stone monument commemorates the Tjilbruke myth and Kaurna Aborigines.  Robert Edwards, curator of Anthropology at the South Australian Museum, suggested that the TJilbruke myth - one of the few stories of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains concerning the formation of the local area to have survived - should be recorded so the visitors could read the legend. A committee was formed including Bill Reschke, a reporter for the Sunday Mail which called for public subscriptions and collected just under $1000.

A number of local businesses and governmental authorities helped in the construction of the monument, 15 feet high and composed of 5 large gneiss stones, placed in such a way as to represent the head, body and haunches of Tjilbruke with another stone lying across the stone knees to represent the nephew.


Address:Strickland Road, Kingston Park, 5049
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.038986
Long: 138.517106
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Monument Designer:John Dowie


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 24th September, 1972
Front Inscription

This Landmark Is A Reminder Of The Kaurna Aborigines Of
The Adelaide Plains. It Represents The Creator Hero Tjilbruke
With The Body Of His Nephew Kulultuwi Who Was Slain For
Killing An Emu Against Tribal Law. From The Spring On The
Beach Below, Tjilbruke Carried His Nephew In Mourning Along
The Coast To Cape Jervis Where He Displayed The Body To The
Spirits Of The Dead On Kangaroo Island. At Each Of His
Camps On The Way His Tears Became The Springs And Water-Holes
Of The Kaurna Coastal Hunting Grounds. The Body Of Kulultuwi
Was Later Lodged In A Cave Near Rapid Bay.

Unveiled By His Excellency The Governor Of South Australia
Sir Mark Oliphant, K.B.E, On 24th September 1972.

This Monument Was Raised By Public Subscription Under The
Sponsorship Of The South Australian Museum, The "Sunday Mail"
And The Aboriginal Community Of This State.
               Sculptor John Dowie.

Source: MA,ACPH
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