The cottage built in 1870 is a combination of hand fired bricks and Wattle and Daub.
The Miner’s Cottage is located at Moonta Mines and was originally opened by the local National Trust branch as a museum. It is considered an excellent example of the hundreds of cottages built by miners between their shifts at the Moonta, Yelta, Karkarilla, Parramatta and Hamley Mines.
The cottage is constructed of a combination of hand fired bricks and what is known as “Wattle and Daub”. Wattle and Daub is a composite building material used for making walls, in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand and straw. The cottage also has a beautifully maintained “cottage garden”. The interior of the cottage is furnished lovingly to reflect the history and culture of the time that it was built, approximately 1870.
Take a guided tour through the Miner’s Cottage led by one of our wonderful volunteers. Explore the garden at your leisure and enjoy the beautiful plantings on display.