MAP the Miner

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Unearthing a Giant: Meet MAP the Miner, Kapunda’s Copper Champion!

Join the ranks of Australia’s quirky “big things” and discover a story often overlooked. “MAP the Miner,” also known as “MAP Kernow” (Cornish for “Son of Cornwall”), stands for the Cornish miners who arrived in the 1840s. Sculpted by Ben van Zetten, completed in 1988, this magnificent seven-meter bronze figure depicts a miner, his attire weathered, and his pickaxe held high – a powerful symbol of the backbreaking labor that unearthed Kapunda’s true riches.

Beyond the Golden Glimmer:
Gold may have its allure, but Kapunda’s heart belonged to copper. Imagine a time before the gold rush frenzy, when Kapunda became Australia’s first commercially successful copper mine. “MAP the Miner” stands as a testament to these skilled miners who meticulously extracted some of the purest copper ever found. Their dedication fueled the colony’s growth and cemented Kapunda’s place in Australian history.

More Than Just a Big Thing:
History buffs and families seeking adventure, unite! Kapunda offers a unique blend of “big thing” wonder and rich historical exploration. Stand tall beside “MAP the Miner,” a symbol of resilience and resourcefulness. Explore the town’s copper legacy and create lasting memories in the heart of South Australia’s remarkable mining history.

“MAP the Miner” is your gateway to an immersive adventure.


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