Making Moonta: The Invention of 'Australia's Little Cornwall'

Making Moonta: The Invention of 'Australia's Little Cornwall'

By: Philip Payton (author)Paperback

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Winner of the 2008 Holyer An Gof Award for non-fiction. An investigation of the popular tradition of 'Australia's Little Cornwall': how one town in South Australia gained and perpetuated this identity into the twenty-first century. This book is about Moonta and its special place in the Cornish transnational identity. Today Moonta is a small town on South Australia's northern Yorke Peninsula; along with the neighbouring townships of of Wallaroo and Kadina, it is an agricultural and heritage tourism centre. In the second half of the nineteenth century, however, Moonta was the focus of a major copper mining industry. This book is about Moonta and its special place in the Cornish transnational identity. Today Moonta is a small town on South Australia's northern Yorke Peninsula; along with the neighbouring townships of of Wallaroo and Kadina, it is an agricultural and heritage tourism centre. In the second half of the nineteenth century, however, Moonta was the focus of a major copper mining industry. From the beginning, Moonta cast itself as unique among Cornish immigrant communities, becoming 'the hub of the universe' according to its inhabitants, forging the myth of 'Australia's Little Cornwall': a myth perpetuated by Oswald Pryor and others that survived the collapse of the copper mines in 1923-and remains vibrant and intact today.

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About Author

Philip Payton is Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies, University of Exeter, and is Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies at the University's Cornwall campus. He has written widely on Cornwall and the Cornish; he is the author of A.L. Rowse and Cornwall: A Paradoxical Patriot (UEP, 2005, paperback 2007) and The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's Great Emigration. He is a frequent visitor to Australia, where he has conducted extensive research and addressed numerous conferences.

Contents

List of illustrations, ix; Preface, xi; 1. 'The largest Cornish communities beyond Land's End': Making Moonta's Cornish myth, 1; 2. 'Wherever a hole is sunk in the ground': Moonta and Cornwall's great emigration, 32; 3. The cult of Captain Hancock: The man and his mines, 63; 4. 'Cornwall was never conquered yet': Moonta's working-class heroes, 97; 5. 'Moonta toil and Moonta gain': Women, Methodists and the triumph over adversity, 130; 6. 'Moonta's little, but she's great': The enduring myth, 166; 7. 'The world's largest Cornish festival': The myth revived, 192; Epilogue, 222; Notes, 229; Index, 255.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/10/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780859897969
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 284
  • ID: 9780859897969
  • weight: 490
  • ISBN10: 0859897966

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