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Copper Coast Museums

Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum

SOMETHING DIFFERENT! - A MUST TO VISIT!

Incorporating Wallaroo's early Maritime History.

An extensive display of the romantic days of the Square Rigged Sailing Ships and the largest pictorial display of Sailing Ships in any museum in South Australia.

Wallaroo Smelting Industry, at one time reputed to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (1861-1923).

The complete history of Caroline Carleton and the Song of Australia.

Relics and Antiques from the early Postal and Sporting days.

The complete record of all phases depicting the colourful history of Wallaroo.

Home of "George" The Giant Squid.

Souvenirs, Historical Walks and Information.

Admission: Adults $6 Children $3

Opening Times

Mon-Fri. 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday. & Sunday 2 pm - 4 pm

Public Holiday Weekends 10 am - 4 pm

Group Bookings or Enquiries ... Phone: (08) 8823 3015

Farm Shed Museum

... where Yorke Peninsula's prosperity began.

Visit the FARM SHED MUSEUM and find out about the mineral discovery that put Yorke Peninsula on the world map.

The museum, located at the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre in Kadina, brings together some of the fascinating developments and practices of dry land farming. Exhibits show the hardships endured on the land, detailing the process of land clearing, reliving the vital roles of animals on farms and exploring the transition from horse to tractor-powered farming.

You will discover:

  • A way of rural life in South Australia
  • A magnificent collection of vintage tractors.
  • A delightful display highlighting women's contributions to farming.
  • Fascinating stories about local characters
  • An impressive display of farming machinery.
  • More than a century of Australian farming history.
  • One of cereal farming's greatest innovations, the stump-jump plough.

Visitors will also be delighted by Matta House, a mine manager's residence from the 1860s as it stands refurbished in it's original location. Memories of school days gone by will come alive when you enter the 1950s school. You will leave with renewed appreciation of how far the Copper Coast has come, and also an appreciation of the tremendous work and expertise which has gone into creating such high standard displays.

THE FARM SHED MUSEUM is located two kilometres south of the Kadina Post Office on Mines Road.

OPENING TIMES         Land Clearing Display

Monday - Friday                             9 am  -  5 pm

Sat/Sun/Public Holidays                10 am  -  4 pm

Phone 08 8821 2333 or Freecall 1800 654 991

Email: info@coppercoast.sa.gov.au 

Admission fees apply.

Moonta Mines Museum

 MOONTA MINES MUSEUM

The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School. Erected in 1878, this building now houses thematic displays on the Cornish miners' lifestyles - mining, lodges and friendly societies, sports and pastimes, death and hardship; extensive displays of costume, china, silverware, photographs and memorabilia and a classroom furnished c1900.

 

Open:  
Mon-Thurs  1pm to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Public & School Holidays 11am to 4pm

 

 

Local Family History Centre                                               

  

LOCAL & FAMILY HISTORY CENTRE

Located in the School of Mines, Ellen Street, Moonta. Historians can help you research family or local history. Some of the archived records date back to the early mining days.

Open: Wednesday & Sunday 1.00 - 4.00

 

 

  

  

  

                                

School of Mines

  

SCHOOL OF MINES 

The southern portion of this building was erected as a Baptist Church in 1866.

The adjacent residence is the original Baptist Manse.

The church was purchased by the government in 1891 and converted for use as a School of Mines, the first outside Adelaide.

  • ANZAC Armistice Display

The Moonta School of Mines, Ellen Street Moonta is hosting an ANZAC Armistice Display until the end of November 2018. The display and research available highlights 551 Moonta soldiers and 3 nurses in World War One.

 

Admission to the Moonta School of Mines is $5 per adult and includes this special display, opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm.

 

 

 

 

Hughes Enginehouse

 

HUGHES ENGINEHOUSE

Erected in 1865, this housed a 60 inch (1.52m) Cornish beam pumping engine, which operated until the mine closed in 1923.  It pumped water from the adjacent shaft to a depth of 366 metres and from Taylors shaft, about 300 metres to the north, to a depth of 768 metres.

Open:   Daily

 

 

 

 

Tourist Railway

  TOURIST RAILWAY

A 50 minute round trip by narrow gauge rail passes the reservoir, ore sorting floors & through a tunnel in Ryans Tailings Heap.

It visits the former Precipitation Works for an inspection of the story of copper recovery.

Departs from Museum Car Park

Open:   Wednesday  2pm

Saturday & Sunday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Public & School Holidays (except Christmas Day) Daily 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

(Except in extreme weather conditions - Does not run if 37 degrees or over.)

 

Richmans Enginehouse

   

RICHMANS ENGINE HOUSE

Richmans was designed and erected by Frederick May as a hauling, pumping and crushing plant in 1869 and was in use continually for the crushing and concentrating of the ore until the mines closed in 1923.  The skimping burrow (tailing heap) nearby is 60 feet (20m) high and from the top a view of the whole district can be obtained.

Open:  Daily

  

  

    Miners cottage

 

 MINERS COTTAGE & GARDEN

 

Built c1870, this cottage in the mines settlement is typically Cornish and furnished by the National Trust to pre-1900 period.  The characteristic stick fence surrounds a picturesque heritage garden.

Open:  Wed, Sat, Sun   1.30 - 4.00
            Public & School Holidays  1.30 - 4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  Sweet Shop

  

SWEET SHOP

This was the former Moonta Mines Post Office built in 1946 and operated until the mid 70's.

A shop was set up un 1979 and the building was upgraded by the National Trust in 1998.

It sells a large range of old-fashioned sweets and drinks.

Open:  Daily    10.00 - 4.00

 

 

 

  

  Railway Station

RAILWAY STATION 

 

The building was erected by Gambling & Son and opened in 1909.  It is now the home of the Moonta Tourist Office and also houses an extensive display of old photographs depicting life in Moonta in the 1800's.

A large range of souvenirs & gifts are available.

The German WW1 trophy gun presented to the people of Moonta has a special display in the grounds.

Ample car, coach & caravan parking.

Open:     Daily   9.00 - 5.00

Also check out.....

Ray Robinson Memorial Military Museum

YP VETERANS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE
PORT ROAD, KADINA

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Alan Griffin cut the ribbon to officially open the Raymond Robinson Memorial Military Museum at the Yorke Peninsula Veterans and Community Centre, on Port Road, Kadina on 1st November 2008.

The late Raymond Robinson was from Fisherman's Bay, and was the second Australian on the ground in Vietnam.

"The highly decorated ex-serviceman served in Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam and his ashes are in our memorial garden," centre spokesperson Mike Rodsted said.

"He was a driving force behind the establishment of this centre and the museum is a fitting memorial."

Around 100 people joined guests at the opening, including Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans' Affairs SA/NT Ian Kelly, National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association Ron Coxon, members of the Veterans Review Board Trina McConnell and Michael Griffin, State Presidents of the Vietnam Veterans Association, ex-Vietnam members of the Australian Army Training Team and former members of the 7th Royal Australian Regiment.

Work began on the museum structure early this year, with funding through Work for the Dole. All contents are from members' personal mementos or loaned from members of the community.

"We are looking for anything militaria to exhibit, which will be held in our registry on loan. This area has such a rich service history. Please don't throw it out. It must be preserved," Mike said.

The museum is openTuesday & Wednesday 9am-3pm.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

This museum was built using Government Grants and council assistance and now houses a fine collection of World War 1 and II and Vietnam Military memorabilia. This collection is continually being added to by the work of the centre's restoration workshops and donations from veterans.

For further information about the Veteran's and Community Centre please click the link below,

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PO Box 396
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