Yorke Peninsula’s place in aviation history was cemented in 1919 when Captain Harry Butler flew his World War 1 Red Devil Bristol Monoplane on the first mail delivery across the sea from Adelaide to Minlaton.
Today, you can see the restored Red Devil in Minlaton, in a display hanger on the edge of town. The Red Devil is believed to be the only genuine one of its kind left in the world.
You can also enjoy stories of Captain Harry Butler and see more of his memorabilia by visiting the Minlaton National Trust Museum, Main Street, Minlaton.
Download more information about Captain Harry Butler’s amazing life.
Visit the many museums for a chance to step back in time and enjoy the stories of our fascinating past. Experience our unique history and culture from the early days of mining to the amazing maritime history.
Historic Ports & Jetties
Yorke Peninsula’s historic ports & jetties. Yorke Peninsula has a rich maritime history with many ports and historic jetties along the coastline, most still in use today for shipping and fishing.
Yorke Peninsula has several lighthouses which are still in use today, helping ships navigate the coastline.
Yorke Peninsula’s Farming & agricultural history, Stump Jump Plough. Yorke Peninsula is the Barley Capital of the world. Read about pastoral developments and first land leases, Dryland farming techniques, and the Stump Jump Plough.
Copper was discovered near Kadina in 1859, creating a mining boom that populated the area. Skilled Cornish miners worked the Moonta and Wallaroo mines and the area soon became known as ‘Australia’s Little Cornwall’.
Yorke Peninsula's maritime heritage, and shipwreck stories. Discover shipwrecks and this tales all along the Yorke Peninsula coast, including the Ethel, Ferret & Clan Ranald.
Yorke Peninsula’s Adjahdura people, their culture and Dreaming stories. Follow the footsteps of the Adjahdura people on an indigenous tour with Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
With Yorke Peninsula's rich history and heritage also comes a wealth of ghost stories told through generations. From haunted buildings and spooky tales to cemetries and guided ghost tours.