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Jerusalem, South Australia

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Published January 16th 2022
Yes, that's in South Australia and not the Middle East

During my recent trip to the Yorke Peninsula, I was surprised to find a place called Jerusalem within the township of Kadina. Together with Wallaroo and Moonta, these three towns make up the Copper Coast. As its name suggests, copper was first found here in 1859 and, soon, copper mining became the town's main industry, resulting in a quick population growth. The Cornish brought with them excellent mining techniques and devout religious practices.

Jerusalem Uniting Church
Jerusalem Uniting Church

Today, according to government census data, approximately 400 people live in Jerusalem. The average age is between 40 and 60 with the majority being owner-occupiers. Although no longer holding regular morning services, the Jerusalem Uniting Church still stands and practitioners worship together on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The church building, which has a small kitchenette, is available for hire at other times.

water tower art kadina
Kadina's water tower art

Corny as it sounds, there is also a smaller locality called Jericho situated not far from Jerusalem. It has an older demographic with a population of just under twenty people. Both Jerusalem and Jericho were surveyed in the 1870s during the mining boom.

silo light show wallaroo
Wallaroo's silo light show

Other things to see and do while you're there include Kadina's water tower art, Wallaroo's silo light show, the Moonta Mines state heritage area and the charming coastal town of Port Hughes.

Moonta Mines state heritage area
Moonta Mines state heritage area

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Where: The Yorke Peninsula region
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Is there a cemetery there at all??
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