‘THE CORNISH MINER. The Kapunda Mine. This statue is a monument to the profound, role and contribution of the Cornish miner in the Kapunda and in due course in other mines in South Australia. The Kapunda mine, established in 1844, was the first successful metal mine in Australia and contributed greatly to the economic development of South Australia. Up to its closure in 1878 ore to the value of more than £1 million was produced and up to 340 men and boys, mainly from Cornwall were employed.
‘THE STATUE. The statue was named Map Kernow, being the Cornish dialect for ‘Son of Cornwall’. It was unveiled on 5 June 1988. The sculptor was Ben Van Zetten who was commissioned.’