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Slate, slate, everywhere slate: the cultural landscapes of the Willunga slate quarries, South Australia

SUSAN PIDDOCK
Australasian Historical Archaeology
Vol. 25 (2007), pp. 5-18
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29544573
Page Count: 14
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Slate, slate, everywhere slate: the cultural landscapes of the Willunga slate quarries, South Australia
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Abstract

The slate industry was central to the economy of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century town of Willunga, South Australia and today evidence of the slate industry and the uses of slate abound around the township. As part of the Adelaide Hills Face Zone Cultural Heritage Project the history and archaeology of the slate industry and the uses of slate were recorded. While sites such as the Delabole quarry and village are listed on the South Australian Register of State Heritage Items little attention has been focused on the preservation and interpretation of these sites as a part of a wider cultural landscape rather than as individual sites. As this article will demonstrate the relict landscapes of the quarries need to be seen as part of a wider cultural landscape that encompasses industrial and social landscape, which can in turn be used as the basis for public interpretation. The interest of the general public is essential to the survival of such sites.

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