National Heritage Listing for Iconic Copper Mining Towns in Grey
Posted on Monday, 8 May, 2017
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said it is terrific news that two historic mining
towns in Grey have been added to the National Heritage list.
Burra and Moonta have been recognised for their part in establishing South
Australia and are the 109th and 110th places in Australia to be awarded
National Heritage listing,” he said.
two towns have special significance not just to the Grey electorate but the
wealth they generated was crucial in the establishing the colony of South
Australia”, Mr Ramsey said. “The prosperity they brought underwrote the economy
of the state and enabled places like the Adelaide Town Hall and Post Office to
generation of Cornish and Welsh miners, engineers and tradespeople worked in
the Copper mines bringing traditions and culture still cherished today.” In Moonta and the Copper Coast the ties are
celebrated with the wonderful bi-ennial, Kernewek Lowender which will be
celebrated May 19th-21st. I urge anyone who hasn’t been
to get along to see the parades, furry dancing and eat the best Cornish pasties
in the country.” Mr Ramsey said.
is strong evidence of the miner’s determination and resolve in tough,
unforgiving circumstances where they eked a living out of the ground”, he said.
“About 600 dugouts housing1800 miners and families can still be seen along the Burra
creek and give a glimpse as to how incredibly tough it must have been.”
was discovered in South Australia in 1842 and the richness of further deposits
found meant the new colony was soon producing five percent of the world’s
copper resources, earning the nickname “the Copper kingdom”.
monster mine was the largest in Australia at the time and supported a thriving
mining community. By 1851 Burra was Australia’s largest inland settlement with
a population of about 5000.
opening of the Moonta mines in 1861 produced another significant boost to the
South Australian economy, earning 67,000 pounds ($134,000) in its first year of
operation, an enormous sum at that time. By 1870 the population of Moonta was
second only to Adelaide.
Ramsey said the communities of Burra and Moonta have worked hard to preserve the
earliest examples of Cornish and Welsh mining and domestic architecture and the
heritage listing is an acknowledgment of their success.
work in preserving heritage is central to their thriving tourism industries
attracting thousands of visitors annually to experience this slice of Cornwall
for themselves,” he said.
Heritage Listing does not change land ownership but adds extra importance to
the existing State heritage listings.
National Heritage List recognises the nation’s most significant natural,
Indigenous and historic heritage sites.
are more than 100 sites on the list and together they tell the story of our
shared experience on this ancient continent while showcasing our achievements
and stunning natural environment.
more information visit http://environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national-heritage-list
Contact : Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744