Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

Map Show Map
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Copper Coast Council
Polygon Type D - item has been digitised (generally because it doesn't exist in a DCDB parcel, eg. bridge
Details (Known As) Moonta Mines State Heritage Area [see also National Heritage Place ID: 106096]
Registered Name
Significance The Moonta Mines State Heritage Area encompasses the site of one of the largest commercial mining enterprises in colonial South Australia which generated vast wealth and wages from the sale of copper ore. The opening of the copper mines at Moonta led to a rapid influx of skilled miners and other artisans from Cornwall and the area became known as 'Australia's Little Cornwall'. For a time exports of copper surpassed those of wheat, and the town of Moonta and the mines area contained the largest urban population outside Adelaide. Considerable remnants of the mining venture remain, illustrating many aspects of copper mining and processing.
Subject Index Urban area - State Heritage Area [Urban]; Mining and mineral processing - Mine
Class State Her Area
Status Code SHA - State Heritage Area (SA Heritage Act 1978)
Status Date 10-MAY-1984
State Heritage ID 13975
Heritage Number 27551
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

In the majority of cases, the maps of State Heritage Places on this web site show the footprints of the most significant structures on a registered Place. However, sometimes they simply indicate the complete area of land comprising the Place. Work is proceeding to further refine the mapping of such places. It is also important to note that development control is not limited to the registered structures but extends to their setting and structures nearby (what is termed ‘development affecting’ a State Heritage Place). Hence it is vital that exact details of the listed place and implications for any proposed development be discussed with Heritage South Australia staff, as they cannot be deduced solely from the information on this web site. The inclusion of a place in the SA Heritage Register gives no right of public access. Permission to visit properties must be sought from the owners. The accuracy of the mapping of State Heritage Places is not guaranteed. Please contact Heritage SA ( https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/sa-heritage-register) if you believe there is an error.

GIS files

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