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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

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REYNOLDS, Lloyd Jarvis Booth

Service number S114688
Private
Born 29 Dec 1923

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LEWIS, Lancelot Ashley

Service number OFFICER
Major
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 25 Sep 1885
Norwood Football Club 1903 - 1912

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FINCH, William George

Service number 6999
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 29 Dec 1890

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LLOYD, Reuben John

Service number 1952
Lance Corporal
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Jul 1890

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NICHOLLS, Ray Vernon

Service number 1480
Private
1st Signal Squadron
AIF WW1
Born 18 Mar 1895

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WILLIAMS, Clarence John

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

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ROACH, Eric Mervyn

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

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TIVER, Frank Harold

Service number 2458
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 14 Jul 1897

Memorials

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Burra WW1 & WW2 War Memorial

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

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Burra Hanson WW2 Roll of Honour

Burra RSL Hall, 1 Market Square
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Burra District WW1 Honor Roll

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Burra High School Avenue of Memory

Near Burra High School, near Bridge Terrace
Burra (SA), Goyder - South Australia, Australia