The South Australian Museum (SAM) has agreed to provide a rotating display of objects throughout this year. Our intention is to link those objects to our Central Studies Curriculum. The first object is a copper ingot produced at the Kapunda mines in the mid 1850’s. Kapunda is, in many respects, the home of the Australian Mining Industry. The ingot has a sad history: it is part of a shipment of copper bound for Melbourne on the Steamship Admella.

On August 6th 1859 in huge seas the ship struck Carpenter’s Rocks. Over the next week desperate attempts to save survivors were made by the local lighthouse keeper Ben Germein, eighty nine passengers and crew were lost only twenty four survived. The ingot of copper on display was recovered from the wreck in the 1950s and is one of very few known examples . The South Australian Museum recently purchased it as a valuable addition to its small collection of objects from the Kapunda Mine.

The next display will feature fossils from three localities being visited during Camp Week. The display is currently located adjacent to ground floor reception.

Thanks to Ben McHenry of SAM for his enthusiastic support of this project.