Blacksmiths Shop- aka Smithy

Blacksmith shops were an essential part of mining and rural life.

Tipara Forge re-enactment facility originally formed part of the large workshops of the era which also encompassed a Farrier shop, Iron foundry smelting works, Pattern shop, Carpenter shop, Wheelwright & Fitting & machine shop.

Learn about the art of Blacksmithing- talk to the Volunteer Blacksmiths who will be very keen to tell the stories of those Blacksmiths past and share their knowledge. There will be souvenirs to purchase to remind you of your visit to the Tipara Forge Moonta Mines Blacksmith.

The Blacksmith Shop is run by volunteers and open
1st & 3rd Sundays & most Public Holidays 10am – 4pm – at the Munta Wheal Train Station

Entry by gold coin donation is welcomed to assist in the preservation & improvement of this working demonstration facility.

Bus Groups and tours by appointment.

BlackSmith Shop

Tipara Forge

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National Trust Moonta

Copper was first discovered in the area in 1861, by a shepherd named Paddy Ryan. This signaled the start of a mining boom in the area. Today, this heritage listed site provides a fascinating insight into the region’s mining heritage.


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