|Population||210 (SAL 2021)|
|Time zone||ACST (UTC+9:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||ACST (UTC+10:30)|
|LGA(s)||District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula|
Poonindie is a small township near Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. The land upon which it sits was originally the land of the Barngarla people.
Poonindie Mission was established as a mission for Aboriginal people in South Australia in 1850, at the instigation of the first Archdeacon of Adelaide, Mathew Hale, who also served as superintendent for several years. St Matthew's church, built in 1854-55 and originally intended to be the school, served both the mission and the local community. It survives and remains in use today. Hale ran the Aboriginal Training Institution at the mission. His friend, the Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide, Augustus Short, visited the mission, which prospered.
The mission closed after 44 years, after which the land was divided and sold, with just St Matthew's and a small area of land remaining the property of the Anglican Church. 300 acres (120 ha) of land was became an Aboriginal reserve when the Mission closed in 1894. Most of the residents were moved to Point Pearce and Point McLeay missions, while others moved to the nearby Aboriginal reserve, but a small number of residents remained on the mission site until the 1910s.
The institution is named in the Bringing Them Home report, as one which housed Indigenous children forcibly removed from their parents and thus creating the Stolen Generations.
The former reserve is now an Aboriginal self-managed Aboriginal community called Akenta, run by Akenta Incorporated.
Pooonindie Uniting Church lies to the north of the township.
Poonindie has a number of sites associated with the former mission listed on the South Australian Heritage Register, including:
View of Poonindie with Aboriginal men, women and children in foreground. Akenta, as it is now known is a small township near Port Lincoln. The land belongs to the Barngarla people. The mission has been converted to a small homeland.