Wallaroo Smelting Works Historic Site - SA



DEG: -33.92609 137.627304
DMS: 33º 55' 33.92" S 137º 37' 38.29" E
UTM: 53 H 6242930mN 742868mE
Altitude: 1m
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3 Heritage Dr
Wallaroo SA 5556
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Wallaroo's smelting works were constructed in 1861 by the owners of the Wallaroo Mine to process the ore from there and from the Moonta Mine.

The smelting works were at one time the largest smelter outside of Swansea in Wales. Initially using the reverberatory method of smelting, over time the smelter adopted newer processes and remained at the forefront of smelting techniques.

Originally the mines had exported pure copper ore but following the opening of the smelters began exporting ingots of a partially refined copper. In the latter years of the smelters' history pure copper, as well as gold, silver and lead were smelted on site. The mines and smelters were finally closed in 1923, and the works were almost completely demolished to recoup as much money as possible for the shareholders.

The original chimney for the works, known as the Hughes Stack, was retained as over the years it had become a mark for shipping. It is now heritage listed. Hundreds of miners and workers from the mines left Wallaroo. Many stayed, however, and found employment in the port and agricultural sectors.
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Kadina at 13/05:00am CDT
Distance from Wallaroo Smelting Works Historic Site 5.9km SE
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Distance from Wallaroo Smelting Works Historic Site 50.01km S
Mean Max. °C29.228.425.822.518.115.414.315.418.021.324.726.3
Mean Min. °C15.715.914.412.
Mean Rain mm17.

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