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History and Ghost Walks Copper Coast

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History, ghosts, and tales of tragedy
Kernewek Loweneder the Cornish Festival held every two years on the Copper Coast is a great opportunity to explore the regions history of triumph, faith and tragedy.

Dressing of the Graves is an important local tradition where ancestors are remembered and honoured. Local school choirs sing and place flowers at the featured graves. Dressing of the Graves will be held in the week leading up to the Kernewek Lowender, on Tuesday May 16th at Green Plains Cemetery (10:30am), and Wallaroo Cemetery (1:30pm), and on Wednesday May 17th at Kadina Cemetery (10:30am) and Moonta Cemetery (1:30pm).

History and Ghost Walks will be held daily from Thursday 18th May to Sunday 21st, in Wallaroo, from 2pm - 4pm.

There will also be special Ghost Experience tours and lock-ins presented by Spirited SA in Wallaroo, and in Moonta.

headstone, rock of ages, tombstone, Wallaroo Cemetery
Wallaroo Cemetery

Early graves in the Wallaroo and Moonta Cemeteries tell tales of tragedy, marking the deaths of infants and children in epidemics, and teens and young and older adults in mining related incidents.

Not all graves are graced by large exquisite marble headstones. Many families were very poor, and some workers had migrated alone leaving no one to pay for a memorial for them. An entire section of the Moonta Cemetery consists of the unmarked graves of infants and children lost in epidemics in a time before vaccinations were available.

headstone, angel, cherub, tombstone, Wallaroo Cemetery
Wallaroo Cemetery

unmarked graves, grave-sites, Moonta Cemetery
Unidentified graves in Moonta Cemetery

graves, grave-sites, Moonta Cemetery
Moonta Cemetery

Emerson headstone, grave-site, grave, Moonta Cemetery
Emerson headstone, Moonta Cemetery

unmarked graves, grave-sites, Moonta Cemetery, memorial
Moonta Cemetery memorial to children in unmarked graves

headstone, angel, tombstone, Moonta Cemetery
Angel, Moonta Cemetery

graves, grave-sites, tombstones, monuments, Moonta Cemetery
Headstones and monuments, Moonta Cemetery

I had a lot of trouble choosing between my dozens of photos of Moonta and Wallaroo Cemeteries. I have tried to give you a bit of an overview of the art, the stories, and the tragedy of these historical cemeteries.

Moonta Cemetery is secluded behind high stone walls, amidst dense bushland, on the road out of Moonta township, on the Moonta-Maitland Road. Wallaroo Cemetery is a lot more open, with a row of trees between it and the Wallaroo-Moonta Road.

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Why? explore history and maybe meet a ghost
When: all year, or see dates for special events
Where: Moonta and Wallaroo, South Australia
Cost: from free to look, to various costs for ghost tours and guided walks
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This seems like so much fun! Definitely something different to do!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 1377 days ago
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