World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Moonta, South Australia

Article Id: WHEBN0004133890
Reproduction Date:

Title: Moonta, South Australia  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Kadina, South Australia, Yorke Peninsula Football League, List of National Trust properties in Australia, Agery, South Australia, Rail transport in South Australia
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Moonta, South Australia

Moonta
South Australia
Moonta Town Hall
Moonta is located in South Australia
Moonta
Moonta
Coordinates
Population 3,350 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1863
Postcode(s) 5558
Elevation 44 m (144 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Copper Coast
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
35.0 °C
95 °F
10.8 °C
51 °F
386.7 mm
15.2 in
Localities around Moonta:
Wallaroo Kadina
Moonta Bay Moonta Paskeville
Balgowan Maitland Arthurton

Moonta is a town on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia, 165 km (103 mi) north-northwest of the state capital of Adelaide. It is one of three towns known as the Copper Coast or "Little Cornwall" for their shared copper mining history.

It is about 17 kilometres (11 mi) south of Kadina, site of the famous Wallaroo Mines, and 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) southeast of the port of Wallaroo. At the 2006 census, Moonta had a population of 3,350.[1] There are several distinct localities or hamlets surrounding Moonta, including Moonta Mines, Cross Roads, North Yelta, Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Simms Cove.

It is thought that the name "Moonta" is derived from Moontera, an (Indigenous) Narungga word meaning 'impenetrable scrub'.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography and climate 2
  • Economy 3
  • Transport 4
  • Governance 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Prior to European settlement, the Moonta area was occupied by an indigenous community known as the Narungga. When Matthew Flinders was navigating the coastline of Southern Australia in 1802 he explored the coastline near Moonta. British settlers arrived in the Moonta area in the 1840s, as pastoralists, but there was no significant development until the 1860s, primarily because of the lack of water. The scrub in the area was difficult to penetrate (as testified by the town's name) so the first settlers had a hard time clearing the land.

Church in Moonta

Large and rich deposits of copper were discovered at Moonta in 1861 by shepherds from Walter Watson Hughes' sheep farm. This became a prosperous mine, named Wheal Hughes, with other mines soon to follow. The town was laid out in 1863 and a horse-drawn tramway to Wallaroo was established in 1863. Following advertising by the South Australian Government, Cornish miners arrived in Moonta soon afterward.[2] The mines at Moonta proved to be the richest mines in the whole of South Australia by 1917, exceeding the total wealth created by all other mines since 1836, the year of establishment of South Australia. The population of Moonta in 1875 was 12,000. The primary copper mining operations ceased in 1923, but smaller-scale operations recommenced in the area in the 1990s, and ended 2 years later.

Geography and climate

Moonta exists in a semi-arid location, above Goyder's Line. Moonta is surrounded by mallee scrub. The centre is located four kilometres inland and is 20 metres above sea level. Moonta has a dry Mediterranean climate with seasonal temperatures about the same as Adelaide's temperatures. The temperature ranges are similar to those of Kadina and the weather patterns are similar to those of both Kadina and Adelaide.

Following the demise of copper mining, the district successfully merged into dry land farming. Moonta's surrounds are used for growing barley, wheat and other crops such as legumes, canola, chickpeas and field peas. Barley from the region is considered to be some of the best in the world.

Economy

Shops in Moonta

Moonta, the town centre, consists of old limestone miners' cottages and churches, giving the town a historical feel. There are several eateries in the town centre, as well as at Moonta Bay and Pt. Hughes.

The nearby locations of Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Simms Cove are on the foreshore and are rapidly developing. They are extremely popular locations for retirement and holiday makers. The beaches, with fine white sand, are popular with recreational anglers and sailboarders. The natural state of the coast has largely been retained.

Tourism is a significant local industry, focusing on the availability of beachside accommodation,including several caravan parks, holiday houses, bed and breakfast and a motel.

North Yelta is an old mining village just north of Moonta. Like Moonta, it has an historic ambience.

Moonta also contains the Moonta Heritage Site, the Moonta School of Mines, family history centre, a mining museum and a small narrow gauge railway. There is also a quaint old fashioned sweet shop and an excellent visitor information centre.

The popular three-day Kernewek Lowender Cornish festival is held every odd year in May in the Copper Coast towns, where each of the three towns hosts the festival for one day.

Transport

Starting in the 1880s, agitation for conversion of the horse tramway to a steam locomotive railway commenced.[3]

Governance

Aerial view of Moonta, looking west into Spencer Gulf

The District Council of the Copper Coast governs Moonta at the municipal level. Moonta lies in the state electoral district of Goyder and the federal electoral Division of Grey.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ For a discussion of the development of "Cornishness" see Philip Payton Making Moonta: The Invention of ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall, Exeter, University of Exeter Press, 2007 ISBN 978-0-85989-796-9 paperback ISBN 978-0-85989-795-2
  3. ^ "MEETING AT MOONTA,.".  

External links

  • Yorke Peninsula website
  • Yorke Peninsula: Moonta
  • District of Copper Coast: Moonta
  • Moonta and District Progress Association
  • Postcards: Moonta
  • Walkabout: Moonta
  • Tourism facilities
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.