Cornish Association of South Australia
Cornwall, a beautiful, rugged land hiding great riches beneath it’s green pastures. At first these riches of copper and tin were taken from exposed seams, but eventually the miners had to dig deeper and deeper beneath the ground to obtain these riches. Working so far beneath the ground the Cornish developed skills in cutting through the hard granite so common in Cornwall and ‘these skills allowed to them becoming amongst the best hard rock miners in the world’. Their prowess in this field led them to be sought after wherever new mineral deposits were found, notably Mexico, North and South America, Africa and of course Australia. “Been to Moonta ‘av ee – Naw – well ‘ee ‘avn’t bin enywhere” was a common question asked in Cornish communities around the world
Wherever they went they took their technology e.g. Cornish boilers (from Harveys of Hayle) and their traditions of sport, music and religion. They left lasting memorials of their distinctive engine houses and chimneys throughout the world
Cornish Association of South Australia
The association is for those of Cornish descent or those with an interest in Cornwall. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, except in January, usually at the Rosefield Uniting Church, Carlton Ave, Highgate. Our meetings offer the opportunity to meet people with similar interests, Cornish born, Cornish speakers and people with a deep knowledge and love of Cornwall.

Activities include illustrated talks, traditional dinners, an annual day-time reunion, a Cornish Carol celebration and excursions with Cornish interests.

All persons or organisations showing an interest in the Objects of the Association shall be eligible for membership

Kernewek Lowender (the Cornish Festival)
This is an important aspect of Cornish life in South Australia.The Cornish Association of S.A. is involved and actively supports the Festival. The Association runs “Meet the Cornish” and our Biennial Seminar in conjunction with the Lowender.The Seminar comprises presentations of original research papers relating to the specific theme of each seminar.

The Association’s library is continually being added to and most titles are available for loan. The library is open during each meeting in the Rosefield Uniting Church.

A newsletter is published quarterly and contains not only Association news, but news from other Cornish Associations throughout the world and items of news from Cornwall itself.

The Yorke Peninsula Branch of the Association meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 1.00 pm in the School of Mines building, Ellen Street, Moonta. Home hosting of Cornish visitors has long been a feature of the Association.

The Cornish Association is affiliated with:
• The Joint Commonwealth Societies Council
• The London Cornish Association