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Mining, Kapunda
Title : Mining, Kapunda Mining, Kapunda
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Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 165 x 217
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Panoramic view of the Kapunda Mines.

Copper was discovered at Kapunda in 1842 and mining commenced in 1844. Many Cornish miners immigrated to South Australia to work at the Kapunda Mine and the town is now home to a bronze statue known as 'Map Kernow' (Son of Cornwall) or the 'Big Miner' commemorating these early workers.

In the first five years of the mine, the copper ore was carted to Adelaide and then shipped for smelting in Swansea, Wales. Smelting furnaces were built on site during 1849-50. In 1861 a refinery was added and from then a high quality copper could be produced on site.

The Kapunda Mine had its peak production in the year 1857 - producing 4103 tons of ore. The mine was closed in 1877, although some small scale operations continued at the site until 1912.
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Kapunda
Further reading :
Drew, GJ. Discovering historic Kapunda, South Australia : Australia's first mining town, [Adelaide] : Dept. of Mines and Energy and the Kapunda Tourism Committee, 1988

Gee, Lionel CE. Record of the mines of South Australia, [Adelaide, S. Aust. : South Australian Dept. of Mines, 1966]

Kapunda Historical Society. Facts about the Kapunda copper mine, 1842 to 1912, Kapunda [S. Aust.] : Kapunda Historical Society, [1972]



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