Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address off Prince Alfred Road, via CRADOCK
Locality CRADOCK
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Land Not Within a Council Area (Flinders)
Polygon Type D - item has been digitised (generally because it doesn't exist in a DCDB parcel, eg. bridge
Details (Known As) Prince Alfred Copper Mine Precinct (designated place of archaeological significance)
Registered Name Prince Alfred Copper Mine Precinct (designated place of archaeological significance)
Significance STATEMENT OF HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE The Prince Alfred Copper Mine Precinct, including mine, smelter and township complex, is of State heritage significance because it demonstrates many aspects of 19th Century immigration, technology transfer and mining practice in South Australia, in particular mining practices imported from Cornwall, and the adaptation of a Cornish immigrant community to life in an isolated rural location. The site is remarkable for its completeness, intactness and integrity and features a relatively rare engine and crusher house combination. The site has a high degree of archaeological potential that is likely to provide information on the demolished elements of industrial infrastructure and the miners' domestic material culture not available from other sources. The masonry engine and crusher houses demonstrate the century-long tradition of Cornish mining engineering and are built to a high standard with a pleasing aesthetic. STATEMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL DESIGNATION The Prince Alfred Copper Mine Precinct has a high degree of archaeological potential which is likely to provide information not available from other sources. Such information may include the design and layout of features such as the Welsh reverbatory smelting furnaces, the assay house and furnace, intra-site roads and circulation patterns, ore haulage and transportation arrangements, and possibly pumping and water management arrangements. There may also be the remains of a brickworks near the site. The township was a small settlement occupied intensively for only a short period (1869-74) and then probably in later episodes up to 1907 by smaller numbers of people.
Subject Index Landscape area - Archaeological Site; Mining and mineral processing - Mine
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 16-MAR-2016
LGA Unincorporated SA
State Heritage ID 26450
Heritage Number 27679
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
b - it has rare, uncommon or endangered qualities that are of cultural significance
c - it may yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the State's history, including its natural history
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CR 5769/172 H835300 S1011,CL 6185/711 H835300 B310


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