Burra’s Jinker has had a new enclosure built, following a $100,000 grant through the Local Government Stimulus Program.
The enclosure was officially opened by Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock yesterday, to protect the heritage item.
The jinker, a wooden and iron mine cart is 165 years old, and the first moveable object to be accepted into the South Australian Heritage Register.
It was first used in 1850 to bring a giant boiler required for Burra Mine’s Morphett Engine House, from Port Adelaide, 160km away.
The jinker then travelled back and forth between the two locations, carrying ore until the completion of the railway system in 1870.
Mr Brock commented on the significance of the jinker saying it’s “considered to be significant not only for its connection to the Burra Mine, but also for what it can tell us about the evolution of early transport in South Australia, and the remarkable carting achievements of early South Australians.
“The construction of the new enclosure will ensure this important historical treasure will remain protected and available for locals and tourists to visit in years to come,” he said.