This Post Office built in 1910, is a beautiful historic building in Minlatons main street. It's still the same as it was years ago, when mail was picked up and delivered by Horse and Coach.
For posting letters, the letterbox is out the front, and this is where you will find the Phone Box.
The Post Office is open from 8.30 - 5pm weekdays...Closed Saturday & Sunday.
A house built in dry stone walling is pretty rare these days!
Located next to the house with the sculptures, was such a house.
One side of the home, was still built in the original dry stoned wall. This means, that originally the whole house would have been constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. It doesn't sound like it would hold, but it does. Dry stone structures are stable because of their unique construction method, which is characterized by the presence of a load-bearing facade of carefully selected interlocking stones.
Other parts of the house had mortor inbetween, but even so, the wall that is still standing is a testament to an excellent strong building method that stands the test of time, and stones are free!
The Minlaton Museum is located in the main street, in part of an old General Store built about 1889.
I was interested in visting, to learn more about Captain Harry Butler. I had just seen the restored plane in the Harry Butler Memorial. Unfortunately, the Museum was closed. It does also have displays on the pioneer life of this area.
OPEN...Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am - 1.00pm....Saturday 9.30am - 12 noon
Closed on Sundays.
ADMISSION IN 2012...Adults $3.00...Concession $2.50
children (6-12years) $0.50
The Captain Harry Butler Memorial is the main attraction in Minlaton.
The building which is built like an aircraft hanger, houses the "Red Devil" plane he flew. A Bristol monoplane, it is believed only 200 were manufactured and this plane is the only one of this type in existence anywhere in the world. It has a speed of 209 km/hr or 130 m.p.h.
Captain Harry Butler purchased this plane from the British government and shipped it to South Australia in 1919, and used it to carry airmail from Adelaide to his home town of Minlaton. This was the first flight across sea in the Southern Hemisphere by any plane. He also took the first aerial photograph of Adelaide.
The Red Devil was flown by Captain Butler for joy rides, barnstorming and he did stunts in the Plane.
Harry Butler crashed his plane 10 January 1922, his injuries included a fractured skull, broken nose and jaws, so he gave up flying and established the Harry Butler Aviation and Motor Engineering Garage. He died suddenly on 30 July 1924.
The Memorial was very well and done and we all found it very interesting. It was an unexpected find in a small country town, that still has a population of less than 1000 people.
FREE TO VIEW
The District Council offices are quite modern, so no photo there, but I did take a photo of the wonderful Mural painted on the front wall. The Mural is about "Minlaton's" ace Pilot, Captain Harry Butler. They are very proud of his achievments.
I am not quite sure where I found this private home, but I think I passed it in Fourth street on my way to see the Church.
In the front yard of a private home, was this wonderful sculpture of an Emu. Obviously, somebody very clever lived there! They also had a Penny Farthing and some other old time pieces of equipment.
St. Benedict's Church was an eye-catching white Church outlined in dark brown. Up until 1876, church services were held in private homes, then in the Institute before a decision was made to build a Church in 1885.
The design of the church at Port Victoria by WK Mallyon was selected, but with modifications. WK Mallyon was a well know Church architect of the time.
Alterations were made inside and the tower was added to the front instead of a porch.
The church was renovated in 1906 and stained glass windows were installed in 1947.
There is only one Hotel in Minlaton and that is "The Minlaton Hotel," built in 1877 for a Mr McInnerney, and opened in August with a dinner for 100 guests.
The Hotel was known then as the Gum Flat Commercial Hotel, being renamed Minlaton Hotel in 1882.
The second storey to the Hotel was added in the 1920s, and a motel section was added in 1964. It hasn't the nice wrought iron verandahs of other Hotels, but it still is an imposing Hotel.
In a small country town, the size of the Minlaton Town Hall was quite a surprise.
It isn't the original hall that was built between 1880 -1881 and known as the Minlaton Institute, but a new one built by the District Council who took over the Institute in 1935. They removed the original hall and built a new one in Art Deco style, with curved features to entrance porches. This one has improved facilities and acoustics for performances and the screening of films, and in 1948, there was a skating rink in the hall.
We were on the road and about to enter the township of Minlaton when I noticed a big Information board with probably most of the details I wanted to know. Lucky we stopped, as later, I found the Information centre was closed.
The tourist information centre in town is known as the Harvest Corner. I had a look through the window and could see brochures and souvenirs, I imagine you would find helpful friendly staff here.
A map of Yorke Peninsula is located outside the Centre and a street map of Minlaton and a list of emergency phone numbers for people like me. The Yorke Peninsula Regional Guide and the Central and Southern Yorke Peninsula Visitor’s Guide were in brochure racks outside the building, so I took one of them.
OPEN...Monday - Friday 9 - 5pm Weekends....10- 4pm