The Kangaroo Island China Stone And Clay Firm And Its Forerunners
There’s extra stuff at Chinatown – more tourmalines, extra china clay, silica, and mica – than was ever taken out of it.’ Harry Willson in 1938.
In September 2016 a licence for mineral exploration over a number of hectares on Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, expires. The licensed organisation has looked for ‘ornamental minerals’ and kaolin. This year marks the 113th year since those commodities, tourmalines and china stone, have been first mined at this site inland and west of Antechamber Bay. Should you loved this article and you wish to receive more information about Island please visit the page. From March 1905 to late 1910, following the shut of tourmaline extraction over 1903- 04, the Kangaroo Island China Stone and Clay Company mined on the same site southeast of Penneshaw, and operated brick kilns inside that township. This article outlines the origin and short history of that minor however once promising South Australian venture.