Copper Brought Them Here: Pioneers Buried in the Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo Cemeteries

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 108 pages
Author: R. Paterson
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9781921807152
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Gould Books

This book is a collection of one hundred and seventy citations presented at the Dressing the Graves ceremonies at the Kernewek Lowender on Northern Yorke Peninsula from 2000-2011. The collection of citations are fascinating accounts of emigration, life, love, marriage, children and death. The copper mines and smelters of this historic area attracted a large number of Cornish, Welsh, Irish, Scots, English, German, Prussian, Italian and American people.

Miners, engine drivers, wharf labourers, seamen, fishermen, farmers, builders, stonemasons and mine stable hands are mentioned invariably with the ship they emigrated on. Dressmaking, midwifery, homemaking, religious teaching and shop keeping were some of the female occupations of those remembered. Religious conviction steadfastness, hope and charity formed part of the character of the people who settled on the Copper Coast.
Early in the life of the event, the citations were added to the website but over time, the research team realised that the material gathered was historically significant and so this book with its grave-yard maps, photos of the people’s headstones and brief biographies came about. Initially historians used obituaries but later, descendants submitted their own material which was checked by Fellows of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society and a retired member of the Professional Historians Association of South Australia.

So if you want a good read of life on the mines and in the smelters and all it has to offer in the 150 years that this book covers – buy this book!

The Ceremony
- Kadina Cemetery
- Moonta Cemetery
- Wallaroo Cemetery
- The Children's Graves
Appendix A. Criteria for 'Dressing the Graves'
Appendix B. Symbolism in Cemeteries
A Select Bibliography

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  • Cornish mining history Yorke Peninsula. South Australia

    Posted by Christine Jones on 17th Jan 2018

    An interesting biographical review of the pioneer Cornish miners and others, who came to work the copper mines of Yorke Peninsula, who settled in the area, and who are now at rest in the cemeteries of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta. A fitting tribute honouring those who worked the mines, in difficult times and conditions. Details provided on each cemetery and the significance of the children''s grave section. An excellent resource for family and local history and for Kernewek Lowender.

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