A quiet day around Moonta

Trip Start Feb 02, 2015
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Trip End Feb 19, 2015


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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Friday, February 6, 2015

The constant wind we'd encountered over the last few days appeared to have abated and we woke to a beautiful calm day with the only sound being waves gently breaking on the beach just outside the caravan.
 
The folly of my fantasy to go raking for crabs was clearly shown this morning as we watched many crab rakers work their way across the shallows, rakes in hand and tubs tethered by rope behind them, but unfortunately returning to shore almost without exception empty. One lucky raker bagged five small crabs, however he seemed to be a seasoned raker and so a novice like me would not have much hope.
 
Our morning consisted of just watching the scenery while sitting in the shade and then a ham sandwich for lunch.
 
It was then off to the Moonta Visitor Information Centre which is housed in the old railway station. This beautiful building was erected by Gambling & Son and opened in 1909. The German WWI trophy gun presented to the people of Moonta has a special display in the grounds. On display within the Centre is a large quilt designed and made by locals, illustating rich history of the area. The area became known as "Australia's Little Cornwall" because of the large number who came from Cornwall to work in the copper mines.
 
Nearby is Hughes' Enginehouse which was erected in 1865 to house a 1.5m Cornish beam pumping engine. It pumped water from the adjacent shaft to a depth of 366m and from Taylor's shaft about 300m to the North to a depth of 768m.
 
The Moonta Mines Museum is housed in the former Moonta Mine Model School. It was erected in 1878.
 
Originally erected as a Bapist church in 1866, the building was purchased by the government in 1891 and converted for use as a School of Mines, the first one outside Adelaide. On the side wall is a mural displaying some major historical events, such as the Moonta Mines, Elizabeth Woolcock the only convicted woman hung in South Australia and the graves of the more than 600 Moonta children who died from typhoid due to impure water - on a previous visit we visited the Moonta cemetry and this is a haunting sight.
 
A walk up and down George Street - Moonta's main street - completed our day out and was puncuated by a stop at Henry on George for couple of refreshing iced coffees.
 
We've taken the pizza dough out of the freezer and so we're looking forward to a delicious pizza on the Weber Baby Q. Yet to check it out, but hopefully the TV reception will be OK so we can watch the NBL tonight to end another day in paradise!

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As you can see the pizza came out of the Weber perfectly cooked and it was delicious, with just a tomato paste base, sundried tomatoes, smoked ham and cheese toppings.

Again the sunset was spectacular and the talk around the caravan park was how we would all cope with the forecast 39degC tomorrow.
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