Gawler | Moculta Mausoleum

In 2022, our members started a project to visit other Museums as like-minded members and also to gain some new ideas.

Museums visited included Kapunda, Balaklava, Mallala, Tea Tree Gully, Swan Reach, Mannum, Clare and Saddleworth.

Our latest visit as a result of an idea from one of our members was to the Shannon Mausoleum at Moculta. The Mausoleum was originally the intention of Abraham Shannon, who arrived in Australia from Ireland in 1839.

He settled in Gumeracha before moving to Moculta in 1843. He married Eliza Mahood, and they were blessed with eleven children. Abraham passed away in 1875, and it was up to Eliza to procress the building, designed to hold up to 80 internments. Currently, 24 family members have been buried there.

Words: Graham Tucker, Gawler Branch