1849: English and Australian Copper Company

  • 1839: Construction of Old Port Road

    1839
  • 1840: Lightship

    1840
  • 1840: McLaren Wharf opened

    1840
  • 1841: Fugitive Vessel

    1841
  • 1847: Fire! Fire!

    1847
  • 1848: 'Port Misery'

    1848
  • 1849: English and Australian Copper Company

    1849
  • 1849: PS Adelaide arrives

    1849
  • 1854: Bond Store

    1854
  • 1855: A Pox on the Port

    1855
  • 1855: Hart's Mill opens

    1855
  • 1855: Second to None- Corporation of the City of Port Adelaide

    1855
  • 1856: Port Dock Railway Station opened

    1856
  • 1859: Punch this-King Tide

    1859
  • 1867: Port Adelaide Lighthouse opens

    1867
  • 1869: Prince Alfred Sailor’s Home

    1869
  • 1870's: Seamen’s Mission established

    1870
  • 1870: Port Adelaide Rowing Club

    1870
  • 1870: William Russell sailmaker and chandler opens

    1870
  • 1870: Port Adelaide Magpies play first game

    1870
  • 1872: For the Public Good

    1872
  • 1873: Ketch me if you can!

    1873
  • 1875: Port Players- Launch of Adelaide Steamship Company

    1875
  • 1875: Semaphore Time Ball raised

    1875
  • 1877: Port Adelaide Ferry Company established

    1877
  • 1880: Largs Jetty

    1880
  • 1883: Ships like Legos- MV Nelcebee arrives in parts

    1883
  • 1884: Torpedos Away!

    1884
  • 1887: First Class Passage

    1887
  • 1890: Even Money

    1890
  • 1897: Port Adelaide Sailing Club formed

    1897
  • 1899: Africa-bound

    1899
  • 1900: Boxer Bound

    1900
  • 1902: Forced Quarantine

    1902
  • 1902: Highway Robbery

    1902
  • 1906: Customs House

    1906
  • 1907: Three Ship Pile-Up at Semaphore

    1907
  • 1909: A Plagued Port

    1909
  • 1918: Influenza Epidemic

    1918
  • 1924: City of Singapore

    1924
  • 1925: Harbor Control

    1925
  • 1926: CSR Refinery Fire

    1926
  • 1926: Garthneill

    1926
  • 1926: Waterside Workers Hall

    1926
  • 1928: Picking the Scab

    1928
  • 1930: Port Adelaide Swimming Club - Girls Rule!

    1930
  • 1931: Gulf Trip

    1931
  • 1940: Birkenhead Bridge opens

    1940
  • 1947: Southward Bound- Antarctic expedition departs

    1947
  • 1961: MV Troubridge starts service

    1961

Date 
1849
Collection ID 
Historical Port Adelaide

The first copper smelter, Adelaide Smelting Company, is built at the Port.  The colony breathes a sigh of relief. Previously all South Australian ore had to be shipped to Wales for treatment. In 1861, the English and Australian Copper Company fire up smelters in new, larger premises on bank of the Port River.

Comments

Some of this is not true. The merchants then knew what they know now, ie that when transport is very expensive, it is better to move the product than the components by road or more correctly by bullock drays cross country. So in Burra they smelted the ore using wood for fuel until it had to be brought in from so far away as to be uneconomical. They then carted ore to Wallaroo which was a port, to which coal could be inexpensively delivered by ship especially since the ships coul backload the metal produced. I read that then it cost more to transport goods from port misery to the city than it cost to ship from England to Port Adelaide. I think the motivation to locate smelters in Port Adelaide was that the loads which could be assembled for shipping from Wallaroo were too small to warrant the larger ships going there. I also believe that incorporated in a building wall by the Adelaide Milling Co  is a section of basalt walk from the smelter building which was once adjacent to it. 

Does anybody know where this copper smelter was located?

Hello Aymon,

You may find a reference/location for the smelter in the book 'Port Adelaide: tales from a commodious harbour' by John Couper-Smartt. It was published in 2003. The Port Adelaide Library has a copy I believe.

Thanks for the advice Britt. 

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