Moonta Mines School built in 1878 to educate the Cornish Miners children
Experience the history and culture of Moonta and districts with a wealth of interesting displays on show. The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, erected in 1878. The school remained an active and important centre for the Moonta Mines community for ninety years and closed in 1968. The museum tells the story of Cornish pioneers who came to South Australia for the copper mines 1861-1923. It has 14 rooms and houses thematic displays on the Cornish miners’ lifestyles – mining, lodges and friendly societies, sports and pastimes, death and hardship, extensive displays of costumes, china, silverware, photographs and memorabilia and a classroom furnished in the c.1900 style.