Monday, April 28, 2008

Kapunda copper mining

Copper was discovered in Kapunda in 1942, and mining commenced two years later after analysis of the ore samples was done in England. Kapunda became the first copper mining town in Australia, and by 1851 there were 2000 people living there.

The photos shows the old open cut mine; much of the mining was also done underground. Mining and treatment of copper lasted here for about thirty years; the mine finally closed in 1878.

7 comments:

Tanya said...

Is that a small lake or pond in the center? Love the colors.

Jilly said...

Fascinating shot. And beautiful too. Those miners sure lived under tough conditions. Wonder if they even noticed the beauty.

Neva said...

What a great shot...it looks fantastic.

Curly said...

Great picture today Gordon.

Today I'm saying a huge big thank you for the support shown by CDP bloggers.

Gordon said...

Tanya - I am not sure how long the water in the middle will stay there. There had been about 40mm of rain during the previous two days. On Friday there had been no water there at all.

Donna said...

Love the picture and history! Hope you had some serious fun on your bike trip!!hugs

Steffe said...

Always interesting to rad about the local history.