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    HISTORIC KAPUNDA RAILWAY STATION

    by balhannah Written Jul 10, 2012
    Old Railway station @ Kapunda

    The Kapunda Railway Station is a beautiful Colonial building, combining several different styles of architecture. Governor, Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell, officially opened the building in August, 1860. It was the largest railway station outside of Adelaide and played an important part in transporting products from the Kapunda and Burra mines to Port Adelaide for export.

    The station has some incredible history.............
    It is believed, Explorers Burke & Wills remains were brought to the railway station for shipment to Victoria
    The station was visited by the son of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert in 1875, AND.....
    Sister Mary MacKillop and Sir Sidney Kidman used the railway station as did many other famous Australians such as the WWII heroine Nurse Vivienne Bullwinkle.

    Quite a history!

    It is now a Bed & Breakfast

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    SIR SIDNEY KIDMAN BUST

    by balhannah Written Jul 10, 2012
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    Located in the main street near the Post office, is the bust of Sir Sidney Kidman.

    Sir Sidney Kidman is remembered because he was a generous benefactor to Kapunda.

    He came to Kapunda in 1870, and became one of Australia's largest landowners.
    His horse sales at Kapunda were the largest in the world
    His home in Kapunda was called "Eringa" and when he left to live in Adelaide he donated the house to the Education Department. The residence is now the Kapunda High School.

    Behind the sculpture, is a wonderful mural of Kidman's journey through life.

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    "MAP" THE MINER

    by balhannah Written Jul 9, 2012
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    Usually, when you drive into Kapunda, the first sight you see is that of 'The Big Miner' and the entrance sign. We came in a different way, so saw the statue on our way out. There is plenty of parking room by the Miner.

    "MAP" is a 'Cornish Miner' who was instrumental in the development of this whole region.

    The plaque on the miner reads................
    " This statue is a monument to the profound, role and contribution of the Cornish miner in the Kapunda and in due course in other mines in South Australia. The Kapunda mine, established in 1844, was the first successful metal mine in Australia and contributed greatly to the economic development of South Australia. Up to its closure in 1878 ore to the value of more than £1 million was produced and up to 340 men and boys, mainly from Cornwall were employed."

    The statue was named Map Kernow, being the Cornish dialect for 'Son of Cornwall'. It was unveiled on 5 June 1988.

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    MINE LOOKOUT & OPEN - CUT

    by balhannah Written Jul 9, 2012
    Kapunda's Copper mine
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    It was quite easy to find the look-out and to see the mine, all we had to do was follow the Brown Arrow!

    This took us to the Open cut Mine, where we could walk around the edges, and go down the valley if we wanted. The colours in the soil vary hugely, rather pretty!

    There were plenty of information boards which point out the features of the mine and provide early photo's. The photo's show views of the mine area, which are full of buildings and activity. The mine chimney, built in 1852, is located on the hill above the operations.
    The drive does a whole circuit of the area.

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    PRIVATE HOMES ON HERITAGE DRIVE

    by balhannah Written Jul 9, 2012
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    When we did this drive, we had a map with all the locations of the heritage buildings, this included private homes. Unfortunately, I can't put photo and name together!
    As you follow the route, you will see many examples of different homes. At one time, some people were quite rich in Kapunda, so you will see upmarket homes, and then, the smaller miner's cottages.
    I really love the wrought iron lace work. On one particular house, they had lace-work verandah railings, it was so pretty!
    Keep your eyes open!

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    MOUNT SAINT ROSE

    by balhannah Written Jul 9, 2012
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    Mount Saint Rose is a beautiful double story Victorian Bluestone building, with lovely lacework verandahs and a large garden. It was once used as a School established by the Sisters of St Joseph. Saint Mary Mackillop visited here when in Kapunda, to oversee and supervise the conversion of a girls reformatory in the region in 1897. From where it's located, views are had over the heritage copper mine.
    It has since been renovated and is now used as a family home.

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    ST. ROSE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jul 9, 2012
    St. Rose's Church

    The impressive Catholic Church took over from St. John's Church[1854], the first Catholic Church in the area which was demolished in 1946. St. Johns was about 5kms from Kapunda.

    A new Church was on the agenda as Mother Mary MacKillop and the Catholic parishioners made a regular journey from Kapunda to St. Johns on foot, or by horse and cart, to attend mass.
    It often was a dangerous trip, made so by the conditions crossing the River Light.

    As the trip was long and dangerous, land was bought and St Rose's Catholic Church was built in 1863. The Original Church was used by the Sisters of St. Joseph [Josephites] as a school where up to 100 children were educated in 1868. The one that is standing today, was built in 1938.

    If you wish to follow "The Mary MacKillop Walk" or drive it's 4.7 kms.

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    ANGLICAN CHRIST CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jul 9, 2012
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    Kapunda has many Churches of different denominations and styles. If you follow the tourist arrow like we did, then you will see them all. Unless here on a Sunday, when a service is held, viewing will have to be from the outside.

    So I will start with the Anglican Christ Church, which was built with local stone from the Dutton Hill Quarries. The foundation stone was laid by a "Dr. Blood" in 1856, and the Church was completed in 1857, using stone donated to the Church by a wealthy Kapunda Pastoralist. The clock and bell were made in England.

    On the inside, there is a stone font and leadlight windows, with stained glass believed to be from the same lot as used in windows in Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.
    The Organ pipes are painted beautifully, thought to be done by a local noted artist in the colony.
    In March 1959 the organ was completely renovated.

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    SIR SIDNEY KIDMAN'S HOME

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    Sir Sidney Kidman was a major cattle pastoralist who at one time owned 68 properties with a total area larger than the British Isles.

    His house, Eringa, is a beautiful home, with lots of lovely lacework and is located in the Kapunda
    High School yard.

    In 1921, Sir Sidney decided to donate his country house 'Eringa' to the Department of Education.
    Now the house is used as the administration office at the Kapunda High School.

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    NORTH KAPUNDA HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Jul 9, 2012

    The North Kapunda Hotel was built between the years 1849 - 1866.

    The Hotel had plenty of customers, as the yard behind was used for stock sales from the 1850's onwards. Later, Sir Sidney Kidman began using it, and it was here, the famous auction was held where a total of 3,000 horses were offered in an auction which lasted a week. The horses were all the property of Kidman and the yard was the centre of Kidman's empire from 1904 to the 1930s.
    The North Kapunda Hotel received a very important guest in 1867, it was Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh.

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    TOURIST CENTRE & HERITAGE TRAIL MAP

    by balhannah Updated Jul 9, 2012
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    Once again, it was to the Tourist Information Centre we visited first. It was easy to find, as it's located in the main street of Kapunda, in the town centre.
    A young man behind the counter helped me with the Heritage trail, giving me a map which included information. All we had to do was drive our car and watch for the small Brown Tourist Arrows pointing in the direction we needed to go.
    We decided to do the drive and to walk the main street.

    So, lets go for a heritage drive, will you come too?

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    KAPUNDA PARKS

    by balhannah Written Jul 8, 2012
    Kapunda Park

    There are a couple of Parks in Kapunda.

    One that is enjoyable for a family outing, is Davidson Reserve. It is affectionately known as the "Duck Pond," because of the pond and the large amount of friendly Ducks, who just love being fed. There are picnic areas and FREE BBQ'S.

    Dutton Park was established in 1877, as a recreation area for the general public. Located here is the Kapunda Football Club, formed in 1866, which makes it the oldest Australian Rules club in S.A. playing under its original name.
    Tennis courts are for hire, and they hold Speedway long track Motor bike racing here, there a swap meets and Rodeo's.

    The Kapunda Harness racing club has been at Dutton Park since 1947, and is still going strong. Meetings are held during the day, usually on a Sunday, and make a good outing for the whole family.

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    KAPUNDA MUSEUM - 1

    by balhannah Written Jul 8, 2012
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    The Kapunda Museum is recognised as one of the finest folk museums in Australia.

    The museum contains a huge collection covering every part of Kapunda's history.
    I saw so much in this Museum. There was clothing from yester-year, the beautiful Carnival glass, mineral collection, Gramaphones, old photo's, musical instruments, old machinery, car, motorbikes and heaps more! I read is has one of the best collections of old record players (from cylinders through the 78rpm machines)

    It really was one of the best Museums I have ever been into. There was so much to see, so allow some time to have a good look!
    Worth visiting if in Kapunda.

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    KAPUNDA HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jul 8, 2012
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    This Museum is located in the beautiful old former Baptist Church, built in 1866 with some financial assistance from George Fife Angas, one of South Australia's most important early citizens.

    The Church was built in French Romanesque style, and has two tall Romanesque Towers that make it easily seen when driving around Kapunda. It was used as a Church until 1948, then a Technical School, Adult education centre and a School of Mines.

    Before we even entered the Museum, we were able to look at old implements out the front.
    A few steps to climb, and we were inside this beautiful building.
    I must warn you, the basement has steep steps to go up and down, other than that, it is pretty easy walking around the Museum.

    ENTRY TO BOTH MUSEUMS IN 2012.....Adults $5.00

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    BAGOTS FORTUNE MINING MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jul 8, 2012
    Mining Museum

    This Museum is located just around the corner from the Information Centre in the old Northern Star [1860] and Herald Printing office[1866].
    If you want to know about Mining in Kapunda, then this is the place to come and see an interpretive display of the History of Australia's first successful mining venture.

    Through the managment of Captain Charles Hervey Bagot, the Kapunda Mine was developed to produce the richest and purest copper ore the world had seen.

    This display covers all the aspects of early mining and the pioneer lifestyle of the miners and how the first settlers lived in colonial South Australia with the basic necessities.
    Watch the working 38% scale model of the Cornish Buhl Pumping Engine that was installed on the mine in 1852.
    Look down the mine shaft to see our Cornish Miner, Robert Nicholls filling the kibble ready to be loaded into an ore truck by Paddy the Irish labourer, to be taken to the Welsh smelter operators.

    The admission is very cheap and includes entry to the Kapunda Museum.

    ADMISSION TO BOTH MUSEUMS IN 2012 .....Adults $5.00 Concession $3 Children $2

    OPEN... 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, or on request.

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