Moonta History Centre

The southern portion of this building was erected as a Baptist Church in 1866. The adjacent residence is the original Baptist Manse. The church was purchased by the government in 1891 and converted for use as a School of Mines, the first one outside of Adelaide.

The Moonta School of Mines building now houses an extensive collection of medical equipment from the early days of Moonta, and an apothecary display.

The School of Mines houses the Moonta History Centre. Here you can research your family history; as well as the history of Moonta and its residents, since the establishment of the district. The collection housed here includes a range of newspapers on microfilm; including the Wallaroo Times, Yorke Peninsula Advertiser and People’s Weekly; all newspapers from the Copper Coast region dating back well over 100 years.

The Moonta HIstory Centre is located at Ellen Street in Moonta, in the School of Mines Building  and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 4pm (or by appointment)

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The  Moonta History Centre contains a large body of history of the area

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National Trust Moonta

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


National Trust members play an active role in the conservation of South Australia’s built and natural heritage.


Volunteering is a great way to make a difference by protecting our heritage for future generations


Help us preserve our pristine natural environments, buildings that house the stories of other lives and times, and the collections that bring them to life.


“We really learned a lot about the Cornish Mining History today. It was a great day for all of our family, something to interest everyone..”

Visitor, Adelaide

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Lucy, Adelaide


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