Kapunda's history began with the discovery of copper, and played a significant role in the development of South Australia. It was also the home of Sir Sidney Kidman, the "Cattle King". This history is displayed in two buildings some detail of which is listed below:
Take a step back to another era when you enter the Kapunda Museum. - With over
10,000 square feet of undercover display area, the museum covers every facet of
Kapunda's fascinating history.
The main building has two floors depicting the social and commercial history of
Kapunda. This is complemented by an extensive display of agricultural machinery, with a motor pavilion displaying, amongst other motoring memorabilia, Kapunda's old fire engine, and ambulance.
Ground floor: Displays include: Room settings; The Congregational Church Frontal Furnishings; Clothing from yester-year; Military artefacts; Gramophones; Bottles; Telephones; Carnival glass; The Kapunda School of Mines mineral collection; etc..
The Hawke Gallery commemorates the engineering firm founded in 1857 by former
smuggler, Henry Binney Hawke. Here a massive Hawke cross-compound steam
engine holds pride of place in company with other products of the industry's 126 year history.
Downstairs: See the ship's bell from the H.M.A.S. Kapunda, and share their history on the display panel, which tells the story of the Kapunda ships at sea.
The printing press used to print the First Edition of the "Kapunda Herald" in 1864 is displayed along with the later printing equipment.
Kapunda's early X-Ray machine and the operating table from the local Hospital
For the pioneer housewife there are various "Armstrong" washing machines to ease the drudgery.
Open: 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, or on request.
September to May:- Daily
June, July and August:-
Weekends, Public and School Holidays.
Combination Ticket for Museum and Bagot's fortune
Family Ticket: (2 Adults, and 2 Children) $12.00
A brilliantly designed interpretive display of the History of Australia's first successful mining venture.
Under the management of the principal owner, Captain Charles Hervey Bagot, the
Kapunda Mine was developed from the wilderness to produce the richest and purest copper ore the world had seen.
This display covers all the aspects of early mining and the pioneer lifestyle of the miners.
Take a glimpse through the door into Rosie's cottage at the Irish Settlement on Baker's Flat. See how the first settlers lived in colonial South Australia with the basic necessities.
Watch the working 38% scale model of the Cornish Buhl Pumping Engine that was
installed on the mine in 1852. Look down the mine shaft to see our Cornish Miner, Robert Nicholls filling the kibble ready to be loaded into an ore truck by Paddy the Irish labourer, to be taken to the Welsh smelter operators.
An Audio Visual presentation in the Theatrette introduces Kapunda's rich history to the visitor.
Guided Day Tours of Kapunda including the Museum and Bagot's Fortune, with a
choice of meal venue, are available at concession rates.
For further Information and bookings, phone contact:- (08) 8566 2286 (Phone, Fax, TAM), or email firstname.lastname@example.org