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Making Moonta

The Invention of 'Australia's Little Cornwall'

Making Moonta by Philip Payton
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The story of Moonta—a small town on South Australia’s northern Yorke Peninsula—and its special place in the Cornish transnational identity, is an extraordinary one. From the beginning, Moonta cast itself as unique among Cornish immigrant communities, becoming ‘the hub of the universe’ according to its patriotic inhabitants. In this gripping history of the migration and settlement of Cornish people, Philip Payton explores Moonta and its coppermining hinterland. He charts the arrival of hundreds of Cornish immigrants in the second half of the nineteenth century and the transplantation of distinctive Cornish cultural patterns that saw the town invent itself as ‘Australia’s little Cornwall’.
Exeter University Press; January 2014
290 pages; ISBN 9780859899291
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Title: Making Moonta
Author: Philip Payton