Copper: A richly South Australian resource

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14 June 2017–04 September 2017

10am - 5pm daily
South Australian Museum

Admission

FREE

Copper: A richly South Australian resource is a free exhibition that tells the important story of South Australian copper. 

In the early years of the South Australian colony the state’s fortunes were built on the foundation of copper: at one-time South Australia was known worldwide as the Copper Kingdom. Copper ore, discovered in many places but most notably at Kapunda in 1842 and Burra in 1845, brought sudden and unexpected wealth to a colony struggling to establish agricultural and pastoral industries.

This display explores the stories of South Australian copper mining communities, and the social and economic roles this resource continues to play in all of our lives. Our state’s geology was key to South Australia once producing 10 per cent of the world’s copper and being known worldwide as the Copper Kingdom.

Proudly Supported by South Australia’s Copper Strategy.