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Pictorial History of Australia's Little Cornwall

Philip Payton

Pictorial History of Australia's Little Cornwall
In the 1840s Cornish miners and their families came pouring into South Australia to take their part in the new colony's great copper boom. They came to lend their home-grown expertise to extracting the rich ore that gave South Australia a world-wide reputation as being the Copper Kingdom.

These 'Cousin Jacks', as they were called, left Old Cornwall by the thousands when the news of the copper discoveries became known. In a matter of only a few years they had created Cornish communities with the same traditions, the same mining prowess, the same piety and the same determination to adhere to their own identity, as the Cornish people they had left behind. Miners, mining Captains and mining engineers stepped ashore at Port Adelaide and immediately set about putting such names as Burra, Kapunda, Moonta and Wallaroo firmly on the map of Australia. These names record not only the vast mines and smelters, but the townships as well ... towns that often 'out-Cornished' Cornwall in their festivals, their religious observances and even in the ever-present local bands.

Even after the end of immigration in the mid-1880s, the mines lived on and the Cornish traditions flourished. In this widely researched book, Philip Payton has recorded in words and pictures the human face of the history of Australia's Little Cornwall as it was and as it still is today.

Philip Payton is Professor of History at Flinders University in Adelaide, and Emeritus Professor of Cornish and Australian Studies at the University of Exeter in the UK, where he was Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies from 1991 to 2013. He is the author/editor of more than fifty books, including Making Moonta: The Invention of 'Australia's Little Cornwall' (2007), and Regional Australia and the Great War: 'The Boys from Old Kio' (2012), both of which are about the history of northern Yorke Peninsula.
Format Paperback
Size 265 x 218 mm
ISBN 9781743056554
Extent 96 pages
Price: AU$29.95 including GST
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