Although the Burra History Group operated unofficially for a few years, it was incorporated on 14 September 2006.
The objectives of the group are:
To encourage the research and preservation of the history of the people and property of Burra and its environs
To promote the appreciation and awareness of the history of the people and property of Burra and its environs within the community and the visiting public.
To raise funds by way of subscriptions, donations or otherwise for the purpose of enabling the objectives of the Group to be carried out.
What the Burra History Group does
We write books, booklets and pamphlets,
help visitors both in person and online with family history research,
maintain a Burra Families Data Base,
transcribe original records into more accessible formats e.g. The Burra Cemetery Data Base,
collect photographs of Burra and district which are scanned and archived,
research and organise the production of 46 heritage plaques for Burra buildings. (This is an ongoing project.)
Newspapers relating to Burra and covering the period from 1845-2016 (with some gaps) are summarised. There are over 7,900 pages available on this site, representing 16 years of research. An invaluable resource for researchers, it is still a work in progress by Eric Fuss
We created a Facebook page in March 2016
Burra History Group at the Town Hall
The History Group has provided a display of historical photographs in the Supper Room, which compares historic photographs with present day images.
The collection of mayoral photographs in the Civic Room was organised and hung by the group after the room was beautifully renovated by Roy Taplin in 2008.
In the main hall the group maintains the changing displays on the mobile boards.
The numerous pull up banners in the foyer and hall have been designed and researched by the group to provide visitors with an overview of the history of the town, its mine and the hall itself.
Assistance to researchers
Burra History Group members, acting as volunteer guides, are also able to help people researching their family history or seeking other information about the town and district. Please contact the Group here.
Resources readily available include:
Burra Families Data Base
South Australian Births, Marriages and Death Records
Summaries of Burra in the News
School enrolment records
Council Assessment Records from 1873-2013 (with some gaps)
Publications produced by the Burra History Group are available for purchase at the Town Hall and at the Visitor Information Centre.