SA Mines and Energy Journal : October-November 2010
35 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL and Redruth Gaol were among the first law-enforcement structures built in regional South Australia. My key lets me into Redruth Gaol. Not a lot has changed since it was a prison for 30 men and women. The wooden floors are uneven and you can still see the broken glass on the walls of its exercise yard, placed there to stop the prisoners from escaping. Miners swarmed into Burra hoping to make a fortune -- causing an accommodation problem. The short-term solution was to excavate dugouts in the bank of the Burra Creek, providing instant living quarters for miners and their families. Over the years, the creek has washed away most of the dugouts but a few remain. The dugouts stretched for five kilometres and became home to 1,600 people. Most of Burra's buildings were made from local bluestone and each migrant group built separate villages, each with its own shops and schools. The Cornish lived in Redruth, the Scots in Aberdeen, the Welsh in Llwchwr, and the English in Hampton. Burra's main attraction is the Monster Mine itself and Morphett's Engine House Museum. The tall, stone Morphett's building houses a working pump engine, old photographs and a mine tunnel open to the public. The Monster Mine's crater, with its emerald waters and 80-metre walls, provides superb acoustics for the Jazz in the Monster Mine show held inz February. The Unicorn Brewery supplied beer to Burra's areas. The brewery's maze of cellars is a cool spot to wander when the mercury starts to rise. Another cool spot is where I'm staying -- in the well-appointed Burra Rendez-Vous Luxury Accommodation, a contemporary cottage with stainless steel kitchen appliances, state-of-the- art surround sound system and a lovely double-spa tub. As I lather myself with red papaya foam while sipping a chilled glass of Clare Valley Riesling, I ponder the hardships the miners put themselves and their families through. The mine's lode life was just 32 years. - Fairfax LIFESTYLE FEATURE Sundowner Cabin and Tourist Park newest and most modern accommodation in Whyalla Conceived and designed to meet the accommodation needs of your work force Lincoln Highway, Whyalla Norrie, South Australia 5608 Phone (08) 8645 1535 Fax (08) 8645 9324 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sundownercabinpark.com.au Directors Robert Gwynne 0417 083 403 Stephen Edwards 0418 827 455 55 Deluxe Two Bedroom Self Contained Cabins featuring • King Size Beds -- King or Single Sleep 4 in comfort • Reverse Cycle Air-conditioning & Ceiling Fans • Fully equipped kitchen with full size fridge and stove • Modern spacious bathroom • Ample lounge and dining area • LCD Wall Mounted TV • WIFI Internet Access • Veranda & Outdoor Seating Guest Services include • 24 Hour Reception • Guest Laundry and Convenience Store • Ample parking for large vehicles • Quiet and secure location • 2km to Whyalla Airport • Medium to Long Term Bookings You have the contract and the personnel WE HAVE THE ACCOMMODATION Contact Managers Revel & Fiona Hyde to arrange inspection or quotation Getting there Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar fly to Adelaide. Hire a car to drive to Burra. Touring there The Burra Heritage Passport unlocks eight key sites. It comes with a guidebook to 65 other sites that can be explored on an 11-kilometre driving trail. The self-guided tour is available seven days a week from the Burra Visitor Centre. Phone (08) 8892 2154, see visitburra.com. Staying there Burra Rendez-Vous. Phone (08) 8892 2057, see burrarendezvous.com.au. Rates start at $205 a night, includes breakfast. Burra Heritage Cottages has two- bedroom cottages from $135. Phone (08) 8892 2461.
December 2010 - January 2011