Burra (SA)

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Burra, Goyder, South Australia

Burra, which calls itself 'An Historic Copper Town and the Merino Capital of the World', is a unique township. It did not become an official entity until 1940 when the tiny, separate mining communities of Aberdeen, New Aberdeen, Kooringa, Llwchwr, Redruth and Graham were drawn together under the name Burra. It was declared a State Heritage town in 1994 because of its wealth of outstanding historic buildings and the opportunity it offers for the visitor to understand a little of what life was like in a 19th century copper mining town.

Burra is on the edge of marginal land. The 'Goyder Line' was a line drawn by Surveyor General Goyder to mark the boundary between adequate rainfall for arable land. 

It is a pretty and historic town where the visitor can easily spend a full day exploring the town's rich mining history.

In its heyday it was home to the largest copper mine in the world at that time.  The mine site was at one stage underground but in the early 1970s it was converted into an open cut mine unfortuantely at the cost of many historic buildings before adequate heritage protection was in place.  The mine site is now a key historic site, with many of the original stone structures still in evidence.

Tourists can collect keys to many intersting sites for self guided tours.  

The Unicorn Brewery is a mustsee as its tunnels snake beneath the town streets.

The surrounding area and nearby Redruth Gaol were used to film the 1979 hit movie 'Breaker Morant'.

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from Burra (SA)

PEDERSON, William

Service number 1793
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Aug 1887

WILLIAMS, Clarence John

Service number 4632
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 May 1897

MULLER, Rienhold Herbert

Service number SX16712
Trooper
2nd/9th Armoured Regiment
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 13 Jun 1912

BISHOP, Clarence

Service number 2802
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Nov 1892

SWIFT, Herbert Wright

Service number 196
Staff Sergeant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 18 Feb 1894

ROACH, Eric Mervyn

Service number 437
Lieutenant
1st Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Mar 1891

PARTRIDGE, Lawrence William

Service number SX2293
Corporal
2nd/1st HQ Guard Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 3 May 1907

ARMFIELD, Lionel

Service number 1309
Private
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1887

Memorials

Showing 4 memorials of interest from Burra (SA)

Burra Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin "Hawkes" Memorial Window

1 Bridge Terrace
Burra (SA), Goyder - South Australia, Australia

Burra Hanson Public School Roll of Honor

Welsh Place
Burra (SA), Goyder - South Australia, Australia

Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial

Market Square
Burra (SA), Goyder - South Australia, Australia

Burra Hanson WW2 Roll of Honour

Burra RSL Hall, 1 Market Square
Burra (SA), Goyder - South Australia, Australia