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Chalk one up to heritage : Gypsum mining at Lake Inneston

CHALK ONE UP TO HERITAGE 
 
Gypsum Mining at Lake Inneston, 1913-1930 
 
SPEAKER: Dr Elizabeth Hartnell 
 
Curator, City of Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Ave., Unley 
 
 

WHEN: 
 

WHERE: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room 
 
Just inside the main doors of the Barr Smith Library,

University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Monday 5th NOVEMBER 2012 7pm 
 
 
Lake Inneston’s gypsum mining from 1913 to 1930 accounted for about one fifth of Australia’s gypsum

excavation. Within the context of the South Australian gypsum industry, this presentation will focus on the

Yorke Peninsula Plaster Company and the mining town of Inneston.

Gypsum was quarried from the Lake, washed and crushed, and some was made into plaster in the factory.


Gypsum is used to make mouldings, wall and ceiling boards, pottery, school chalk, in medicine and

dentistry, and as a soil conditioner. A horse-drawn tram line, about six kilometres long, transported gypsum

and plaster to Stenhouse Bay for shipping.

Inneston Gypsum Mining Precinct, within the Innes National Park, retains original cottages, some available

for rent.

A very brief Annual General Meeting will be held just before the lecture. 
 

VISITORS WELCOME 
 
 
Supper available Gold Coin Donation 
 
 

For further information contact : Dr Pauline Payne

pauline.payne@adelaide.edu.au or telephone 0419 800 242 
 

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