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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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SANDLAND, Morton Reginald

Service number 191
Lieutenant
3rd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 22 Jun 1889

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SCANTLEBURY, Harry Ernest

Service number 4183
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Aug 1897

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RIGGS, Elliott Andrew

Service number 3222A
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Dec 1891

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FINCH, William George

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

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MUNT, Horace

Service number 2456A
Corporal
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 30 Nov 1886

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HOLMES, Stanley Bryan

Service number SX8133
Sergeant
2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Australian Military Forces (Army WW2)
Born 7 Nov 1917

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TIVER, Frank Harold

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

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WILSON, Roderick Richard

Service number PA1946
Able Seaman
Born 14 Jun 1919

Memorials

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Burra Hanson Public School Roll of Honor

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

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Burra Hanson WW2 Roll of Honour

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

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Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial

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

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Burra District WW2 Honour Board

Burra (SA), Goyder - South Australia, Australia