Yorke Peninsula Visitor Guide : Yorke Peninsula Visitor Guide
yorkepeninsula.com.au 11 HeritaGe Our European Moonta Mines, Moonta Ardrossan Museum Open Sunday and public holidays 2:30pm–4:30pm or by appointment Phone: (08) 8837 3939 Bublacowie Military Museum Open Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 10am–4pm or by appointment Phone: (08) 8853 4379 or 0419 853 294 Edithburgh Museum Open Sunday 2pm–4pm or by appointment Phone: (08) 8852 1003 or (08) 8852 6315 Maitland Museum Open Sunday, public holidays and school holidays 2pm–4pm or by appointment Phone: (08) 8832 2220 Minlaton Museum Open Tuesday–Friday 9:30am–1pm, Saturday 9:30 am–noon Phone: (08) 8853 2027 Port Victoria Museum Open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 2pm–4pm Phone: (08) 8834 2202 Stansbury Museum Open Sunday and Wednesday 2pm–4pm or by appointment. Open daily during January. Phone: 0408 142 875 or (08) 8852 5020 Yorketown Historical Society Open Friday 10am–noon or by appointment Phone: (08) 8852 1372 A legacy illuminated by heady copper and agricultural discoveries lies in wait for the inquisitive Yorke Peninsula visitor. Copper was discovered near Kadina in 1859, creating a mining boom that populated the area, giving it a rich social heritage and helped make mine owners in Adelaide very wealthy. Skilled Cornish miners worked the Moonta and Wallaroo mines and the area became known as ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall’. The mines closed in 1923 but you can still wind your way through the ruins of the Moonta Mines. The Moonta Mines Museum provides a fascinating overview of the region’s mining heritage. While the Cornish heritage lives on at the biennial Kernewek Lowender – the largest Cornish festival in the world, next held in 2013. Copper wasn’t the only export that helped develop the region’s riches, in 1860 a successful wheat crop at Green Plains, near Kadina, saw the explosion of agriculture. Both Kadina’s Farm Shed Museum and Tourism Centre and the Maitland Museum provide an insight into the lives of the region’s pioneering families and the impact their farming practices had on modern Australian agriculture. The ingenuity of early settlers is on display at the Ardrossan Museum cataloguing the history of the stump jump plough. In 1876, this remarkable invention ended the laborious backbreaking work of clearing mallee stumps and consequently cropping became a viable business. The rich limestone soils and growth in agricultural knowledge, from clearing the land to sowing seeds, produced bumper crops and the Yorke Peninsula soon became known as the ‘Barley Capital of the World’. It’s still one of the richest wheat and barley regions in the world and you can find a little part of Yorke Peninsula in most glasses of Aussie beer. At the time, to transport this cereal bounty to Adelaide and Europe, it was a common sight to see great windjammers rolling on their moorings along the coast waiting for their cargo. Towns bustled with sailors and farmers drove their wagons from grain stacks to the magnificent square-rigged ships. A visit to the Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum and Port Victoria’s Maritime Museum provide visitors a vivid insight into the fascinating history of these amazing times. Steeped in seafaring history, Yorke Peninsula is surrounded by historical shipwrecks, with numerous dive sites and two underwater maritime trails to follow. The Edithburgh Museum depicts the history of the famous Clan Ranald and Marion shipwrecks. Enjoy the stories of pioneer aviator Captain Harry Butler by visiting the National Trust Museum in Minlaton, home to his infamous monoplane – Red Devil – the only genuine one of its kind left in the world. In 1919, Harry flew his World War 1 Bristol monoplane on the first special mail delivery across the sea to Minlaton. For military buffs, Bublacowie Military Museum is a reward in itself.
2013 Yorke Peninsula Visitor Guide