Burra Mine Tunnel

Penny Kittel

Cushnie, Australia

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A tunnel that runs near Morphett’s engine house at the Burra mine.
I’m not terribly clear on the actual intended purpose of the tunnel… it’s just one of those things that are in abundance for some reason I half remember being told that it was not actually a mine shaft.
The light in the tunnel is natural – it was provided by the thin cover of dirt and plant life that sits upon the supporting beams of the tunnel… I have a feeling that the soil above was once much deeper but time and erosion has worn it thin in places.

Burra is a beautiful old ex-mining town located near to where I live (it’s nearest shopping for me) I rarely stop to appreciate the beauty of the historic town’s unique features, but a fun weekend with a friend that was visiting gave plenty of opportunity for a few snaps as we did the tourist trail.

The open cut mine at burra was known as “the monster mine” it was the largest metal providing mine in australia until 1860, between 1845 and 1877 they pulled about 50,000 tonnes of copper metal out of it.

this was a challenging shot…. hand held through a wrought iron gate and the exposure seemed to take forever! difficult to hold the camera still enough in such low light when trying not to laugh at the antics of your friend! Taken with a 12mp DSLR Pentax k-x,
Burra, south australia

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