Moonta Travel Guide

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    Olden days @ Moonta
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Moonta Things to Do

  • INTERPRETIVE SIGNAGE

    This idea I really like, especially in a historic town like Moonta. As I walked along George street, which happens to be full of historic buildings, I found interpretive signs about each important building.Just watch out, as often I found the building was on the opposite side of the road. Photo's are included, so they really do give you an idea of...

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  • MOONTA BAY JETTY

    The Moonta Bay jetty extends out into Spencer Gulf. The jetty was built in 1872 to encourage people to settle and purchase building blocks where the township had been surveyed.I could see this area would be great for families, as when the tide when out, shallow pools of seawater were left behind. This area is also popular with people in retirement...

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  • MOONTA'S HISTORIC HOMES

    Moonta is a wonderful town to wander around and view the original 1800's cottages. Luckily, nearly all are well preserved and still lived in today. People have taken pride in them. Lots were made from Wattle and Daub, you can't tell this from the outside.When we followed the 16km driving tourist trail, it took us around a few streets which are full...

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  • MOONTA HISTORIC CEMETERY

    This historical cemetery is different to many, because of the large number of unmarked childrens graves (just beyond the main gates). A plaque records that these simple mounds hide the bodies of 300 children killed by disease which raged through the town due to the unsanitary conditions around the mines. It really was quite sad when I saw just how...

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  • DISCOVER MOONTA'S HERITAGE TRAIL

    Moonta, and I knew there was plenty to see here, but how to go about it.We decided to call into the Tourist Information centre first.This was located in the beautiful old Railway station which was opened in 1909. It replaced an old timber and iron station, built in 1878. Stepping inside, I was told about the Heritage trail, a drive of about 16kms....

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  • HISTORICAL PHOTO'S @ DRAKE'S FOODLAND

    Walking along George Street, I came across a wall of historic photo's on Drake's Foodland store wall. The bigger than life photos's were courtesy of the State Library of S.A., and were on the wall to celebrate Moonta's heritage. The photo's showed mine workers and others, and the life and times in the early 1900's.

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  • RM WILLIAMS - BUSH OUTFITTER

    Most Australian people either know or have heard of RM WILLIAMS.He was an Australian bushman born into a pioneering settler family working and training horses. He became an entrepreneur who rose from a swagman to a millionaire. He is well know for his Australian style of bushwear. Williams learned his leatherworking skills from a horseman called...

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  • MORE HISTORIC BUILDINGS

    Some other historic buildings I found, were All Saints Anglican Church, dated 1873, and its Church bell which was cast in Moonta Mines foundry. Next to the church is the Hall.The Cornwall Hotel, located in Ryan Street, Moonta and built in 1862, is on the National Trust listings. The building was damaged by fire in 1885. In 1910, the original narrow...

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  • OLD STYLE SHOPS

    Walking along George street and the other surrounding streets was a little like stepping back into the past. Luckily, the shops are still in their original stonework, just as they were in the 1860's - 1870's. People have taken pride in them. Lots of the shop windows are just as they were too, surrounded by wooden arches and sometimes are have...

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  • HISTORIC BANKS

    George street was to me, the main street of Moonta. On the heritage walk brochure, I saw there were quite a few buildings in this street to see. I found many attractive buildings, almost all in local rough stone, from those early, heady days of the rich copper mine. For half-a-century, this was a booming centre with its own horse-tram...

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  • MOONTA ANTIQUES SHOP

    As a lover of antiques, I was very happy to find the Moonta Anitques shop, once the Prince of Wales Hotel! The Hotel was built in 1863 and de-licensed in 1911. Many prominent Moonta organisations held their first meetings in this hotel, early Cornish miners often held illegal cock fights in the yard at the rear of the building. It was even used as...

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  • MOONTA POST OFFICE

    The Post Office is another historic building. This lovely old building was constructed in 1866, and opened as Moonta's Telegraph Office. In 1909 a verandah was added. Apart from a new verandah in the 1960's the external appearance is unchanged.

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  • MOONTA TOWN HALL

    The Moonta Town Hall is a very attractive building located across the road from Queen Square. Built in 1885, it is Moonta's fourth institute. The clock tower and clock were added in 1907 with funds raised by the Institute and donation. The Moonta Town Hall has a cinema where you can see all the current release movies.

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  • BIBLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

    Just a very short walk from the Uniting Church, I came across another. This was known as the Bilble Christian church and dated back to 1873.The building was sold to the Church of Christ in 1913 and closed in 1976 and currently remains vacant. Even though it looks a good size in the photo, it could only fit 400 parishioners.

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  • MOONTA UNITING CHURCH

    When I was having a look at Queen Square, I noticed a big Church on the other side. It turned out to be the Moonta Uniting Church which was built in gothic style in 1873. It was once a Methodist Church, one of sixteen in Moonta at one time.The lecture hall alongside was the original church erected in 1866 and enlarged in 1870.

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  • QUEEN SQUARE

    Queen square is a very nice lawned square located in the town centre. The Square was named in honour of Queen Victoria on the 25th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Moonta in 1897. Once it was a limestone quarry from where building material had been grubbed. A small "mine shaft" monument to commemorate the Copper Centenary...

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  • MOONTA MINES WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH

    Moonta Mines Methodist Church, built in 1865, looked quite unassuming from the outside. Entry was through a side door, where admission was a gold coin, so I gave $2.How different was the outside to the inside, heaps! It was beautiful inside!The Church has a huge gallery which holds 500 people and a truly beautiful pipe organ. The Organ dates to...

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  • MOONTA MINE'S MODEL SCHOOL MUSEUM

    Next to the Moonta Mines tourist railway is the The Moonta Mines Model School, erected in 1878 to educate the hundreds of children of Cornish miners who lived in the area.We left our car in the park and walked across to the Museum, a nice looking large building.After paying our entry fee of $6, were told a little about the museum and given a...

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  • HUGHES BOILER HOUSE

    Next to Hughes engine house, is the Boiler House, where Cornish boilers provided steam for the engine. The large compartment marks the area where the three boilers were installed in 1865. These Boilers worked so hard, they had to be replaced many times.On the site is one of the large Boilers.Free to walk around and view

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  • HUGHES ENGINE HOUSE

    Erected in 1865, Hughes Pump House housed a 60 inch Cornish beam pumping engine which worked continuously, except for maintenance, for more than 58 years until closure of the mine in 1923.The Hughes Engine, built in Cornwall, was a very essential piece of equipment for removing the water which constantly seeped into the deep shafts and drives. The...

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  • MOONTA MINES MUSEUM - 2 - PICKEY BOYS.

    How did the Miner's work back in those days? These and many other questions were answered in this Museum.Have you heard of the "PICKEY BOYS?" Do you have a 10 year old son who may want to earn some pocket money? I wonder if he would like to become a "pickey boy," only the difference is, these boys were working for a living.These boys, aged from 10...

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  • THE OUTSIDE OF THE MINER'S COTTAGE

    After looking inside the cottage, it was time for outdoors and to have a look at the cottage garden.The garden also has been re-created to the time the cottage was built. It was a lovely cottage garden with paths winding there way around the garden and to the "outhouse." [toilet]Some of the fence was picket, and other was made by standing up...

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  • MINER'S COTTAGE

    The delightful Miner's cottage was our next stop on the Tourist drive.I fell in love with this little cottage when I first laid eyes on it! Painted white with a gold trim, it had been added to many times. The cottage was complemented with a pretty cottage garden and a stick fence! I just had to go inside and see what it was like!In 1870, this...

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  • RICHMANS MINE TAILINGS HEAP

    After having a look at all the old buildings belonging to Richmans Mine, it was time to climb quite a few steps that would take me to the top of the large tailings heap. This large heap of beautifully coloured red/orange tailings, depending on where the sun is shining, is locally known as "the Himalayas," as its like a small mountain in the...

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  • RICHMANS MINE

    Just a short drive from the Moonta Mines Tourist Train, is Richmans Mine. Here I saw the remains of the old Boilerhouse, the Crusher house, built in 1869, and Compressor House from 1910. Quite a bit of these old buildings were still standing.Richmans concentrating plant was one of three at the Moonta Mine, the others being Hancocks and Ryans. It...

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  • MOONTA MINES SWEET SHOP

    Oh Blow!!! One of my favorite shops, and it was closed!!!!Yes, it was the Old Sweet shop, which has a large range of old-fashioned sweets and drinks.This building was the former Moonta Mines Post Office, built in 1946 and operated until it closed in the mid 1970s. Then, it was bought by the National Trust for $200, and was used as a store room....

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  • MOONTA MINES MUSEUM - 1

    We are in the Museum, so what have I seen.Well, first I learnt that it was through a Wombat that copper was discovered here. An illiterate, alcoholic shepherd, by the name of Peter Ryan, was out in the area in 1861. Sitting on the ground, he noticed a burrow where a Wombat had dug, and there was a piece of copper ore sitting on top of the...

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Moonta Restaurants

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    by balhannah Written Jun 26, 2012

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    This Bakery is known as "The pride of Moonta," no wonder, as the items for sale are so fresh and tasty, I would be here every day if I lived here.
    I had a traditional Cornish pasty which was very nice, and my cake was too. It was so good, we came back the next day for more.
    There were plenty of locals in the shop, always a good sign of a good business when in a country town.
    The shop is open 7days a week.

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Moonta Shopping

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    by balhannah Updated Jun 26, 2012

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    The Moonta Craft Co-Op is a smallish shop that was established in 2005 as an outlet for locals to sell their home-made items.
    I like browsing in these shops, as I never know what I will find. Some biscuits to nibble are always on the agenda, some-times I buy are specialty jam, like "fruit salad jam," which I had never seen or heard of before!
    There are plenty of handcrafted goods, cards, baby wear, children's clothing, timber items, metal work, patchwork, knitwear, scarves, bags, jewellery and much more.

    THE SHOP IS OPEN....
    Mon - Saturday: 9:30am to 4:30pm... Sunday: 10am to 4pm

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Moonta Local Customs

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    by balhannah Updated Jun 24, 2012

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    Maybe you are trying to do a family tree on your Cornish family.
    A good place to come would be the School Of Mines.
    Historians can help you research family or local history. Some of the archived records date back to the early mining days.
    They have a book for sale....MOONTA "Australia's Little Cornwall," which is a photographic journey between 1861 - 2011.
    It can be purchased here, and at the Moonta Mines Museum, Tourist info centre.
    COST.. $20.00 IN 2012.

    Open: Wednesday & Sunday 1.00 - 4.00
    Located .....Ellen street, Moonta

    THE SCHOOL OF MINES is also a historic building, with the southern portion being the 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.
    OPEN....Wednesday & Sunday 1.00 - 4.00

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