1. Books

This page contains details on new books related to South Australian mining history and heritage.  The Webmaster welcomes relevant new book releases and reviews from members and others interested in South Australian mining history.  Active items may remain indefinitely.  They are arranged in date order.


Captain Bagot’s Mine: history of the Kapunda Mine 1844-1916bagot.jpg
Greg Drew, 2017.  Published by the author, Adelaide SA, A4, 192 pp.

Normally $49.95 but $39.95 from the author plus postage

To order a copy, Greg Drew 82786732 or email
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In Captain Bagot’s Mine Greg Drew has prepared an engaging essay, capturing every turn in the legal, technical, financial, and social aspects of this piece of South Australian history. Well documented and nicely illustrated, the book is, too, a fascinating case study of the development of a mining enterprise in a distant new land, attracting as it did from afar the technical specialists and skilled labourers essential to success.

Cornish Beam Engines in South Australian mines
Greg Drew and Jack Connell, 2nd Edition, 2012.
  Dept for Energy and Mines, SA

A4, 196 pp, 159 photos, 105 ill., p/back, $30 plus postage.

Cornish miners and engineers played a central role in the early development of the South Australia’s mining industry and it was therefore natural that Cornish machinery and mining methods were adopted. The successful mining of copper would not have been possible without Cornish beam engines, which drained mines, raised ore, and powered crushing and concentrating machinery. This revised and updated publication presents a thoroughly researched historical review from a SA perspective that includes engineering aspects and practices of a mining era that had such a profound impact on the State’s development.

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