Location Born: Kooringa, near Burra, South Australia.
Location Died: Yelta, Moonta, South Australia.
Date Married: 26/04/1883
Age Died: 74
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Richard Mitchell - (Mitchell)
Richard Mitchell b-1856
Richard was born in a company mining town of Kooringa, (Burra South), South Australia.
Richard is buried at the Moonta Cemetery. Date of Burial: 28.07.1931
The parents were from Cornwall, England.
After the parents of Richard married in 1851, the records on them in Cornwall, England stopped.
The parents, Elizabeth & John Mitchell immigrated to Australia sometime from Dec 1851
and before Richard was born in 1856.
Father: John Mitchell was recorded as a miner in the Census of 1841 & 1851 and the marriage
certificate from Cornwall, England.
Burra, South Australia
After the parents of Richard mitchell immigrated to Australia, it is thought they lived in the company run
mining town of Kooringa, near Burra, South Australia, where Richard was born. The Burra Burra or Monster Mine was the
largest metals mine in Australia until 1860 which operated from 1845 to 1877.
It is thought Richard may have worked on the Torrens Lake Weir in Adelaide, South Australia
during its construction between 1880 to 1881.
Richard married Rosina Hankins of Thebarton SA on 26th April 1883 at the
Weslian Church in North Adelaide, South Australia.
It is thought they lived in Thebarton when they first married as some of their children were born there until 1888.
The other possibility is, Rosina travelled back from Moonta to Thebarton for child birth at her parents home.
Moonta, South Australia
Sometime after they married, Rosina & Richard moved to Yelta, Moonta, SA.
In the 1880s Moonta was a large copper mining town with large surrounding suburbs.
After the primary copper mining operations ceased in 1923, the town shrunk and much of the
original outer suburbs were bulldozed, including Yelta.
Ellis (Gus) Negus said Richard was a copper miner.
He managed a steam engine which I think took men down the mine shafts or pumped water to use for cementation.
I think it was Ryans shaft he worked at. They lived at Yelta a sort of suburb of Moonta.
Rosina and Richard Mitchell had 5 children, some were born in Thebarton and some in Yelta, South Australia.
Child-1 Hilda - Birth -1884, Thebarton South Australia. Died â 1888, 4yrs of age, Yelta, Moonta, South Australia.
Child-2 Clarence - Birth - 1885, Thebarton, South Australia.
Child-3 Walter - Birth - 1887, Thebarton South Australia. Died - 1887, died 14 days later, Thebarton South Australia.
Child-4 Lily - Birth - 1893, Yelta, (Moonta) South Australia. Died â 1979, Adelaide, South Australia.
Child-5 Charles - Birth - 1897, Yelta, Moonta, South Australia.