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Moonta Mines Historical Uniting (Methodist) Church

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by Bowen Bowie-Woodham (subscribe)
I write, read, travel, garden, renovate, work, drink coffee - all the usual things. My lovely partner often accompanies me, and of course my constant companions, two feisty terriers, are never far from my side. We live in and enjoy South Australia.
Published February 19th 2017
Large Victorian Organ and a Male Choir
Moonta Mines Historic Uniting Church, formerly the Methodist Church, was built in 1865 in a thriving mining community of devout worshipers. In 1872 with the addition of a gallery, seating was increased from 750 to 1250.

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Moonta Mines Uniting Church / Methodist Church built 1865


A beautiful hand painted and very large Pipe Organ was bought and installed in the church in 1888, and is maintained to this day. The exterior decorative painting has never been altered, although the workings of the Pipe Organ have received a necessary major overhaul in recent years.

The community asks only a gold coin donation for entry to see this magnificent building, with monies going to the upkeep of this significant piece of local heritage.

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inside Moonta Mines Uniting Church / Methodist Church


The church is full of fascinating insights into Victorian building and settlement in the Copper Coast region and South Australia more broadly. You will need to see the church interior for yourself to find your favourite original features.

Below is an image of a huge ventilation duct, installed as a response to the oppressive heat the early settlers would have encountered in South Australia. You can see the central position of this beauty in the above interior shot.

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Victorian Ventilation Duct, Moonta Mines Uniting Church / Methodist Church


As part of the Kernewek Lowender, the Cornish Festival held in the Copper Coast every two years, Moonta Mines Uniting Church, will be hosting the Metropolitan Male Choir, on May 21st, 2017. Doors open at 12:30pm, entry is free (although the above mentioned donation would be appreciated).

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Why? Appreciate the settlers heritage of the Copper Coast
When: all year, with a special choral event on May 21st, 2017
Where: Moonta Mines, South Australia
Cost: donation at the door
Your Comment
What an incredible church, Bowen - welcome to WEN!
by Elaine (score: 3|6488) 916 days ago
The outside of the church is plain..but inside...it is outstanding...well worth a visit as is the Copper Coast.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 911 days ago
Sounds and looks fascinating - must visit!
by sandy (score: 2|144) 912 days ago
What a beautiful place, great article!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 916 days ago
Must put this date in my diary.
by ailsa (score: 1|32) 910 days ago
Must put this date in my diary.
by ailsa (score: 1|32) 910 days ago
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