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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.
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.
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.
Victorian Ventilation Duct, Moonta Mines Uniting Church / Methodist Church