Burnside Historical Society

Celebrating 41 years of Community History

A community based group that promotes interest in the history of the City of Burnside, a local government area in the eastern foothills of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.

Established in 1980, the Society has a membership of around 120 and new members are most welcome.

General meetings, which feature an address from a visiting speaker, are free and are held at the Burnside Community Centre at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month (not January or December). Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the general meetings.

A quarterly Newsletter was published until September 2019.  Half day or full day trips to points of historical interest are occasionally held.

Bulletin

It has since been replaced by a two monthly Bulletin which is able to be emailed to most members,

From Dulwich to Dairy Farm: Women and Change During World War II

History Month Festival

Thursday 27 May 2021 at 6.30 pm (approx 60 mins)

Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Per Person:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 70

Contact Burnside Library, Phone: 8366 4280, e-mail: library@burnside.sa.gov.au

It’s February 1942.  With Japanese planes bombing Darwin, Adelaide fears an invasion.  Amid this tension a teenager, her life up-ended, begins a diary to store memories for her missing father.

The Story of Food and the Humble Olive in Burnside

Olives

Olives

History Month Festival

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 11.30 am (approx 90 mins)

Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Adults:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 70

Contact Burnside Library, Phone 8366 4280, e-mail: library@burnside.sa.gov.au

Have you ever wondered what was eaten in Burnside in the past? The available vegetables, fruits and meats?  The types of farming techniques and food storage? 

Guided Tour of Historical Magill Wesleyan Cemetery

History Month Tour

Saturday 22 May 2021 at 11.00 am (60 mins tour)

18 Jackson Street, Magill

Adults:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 16

Contact Margaret, 0438 838 894 or email Burnside Historical Society

 

Subdivision for the village of ‘Makgill’ in 1838 included land for a chapel and cemetery.  Early European settlers, contributors to developing the district, were buried in Magill Wesleyan Cemetery, including Charles Bennett founder of Bennett’s Pottery, Joseph Crompton wine and olive maker and the Black family.

Mary Cock and her son donated land for the Magill Wesleyan Church and in 1878 it was held by trustees.  It changed title in 1944 and there was a trustee revision in 1958.  In 1974 the cemetery was transferred to the City of Burnside.

Join our guided tour to discover the stories behind the headstones.

From Settlement of Makgill the Village, to Magill the Suburb

Makgill Village was subdivided in 1838 by two Scots, Robert Cock and William Ferguson.  Magill is part 0f both Burnside and Campbelltown Council areas.  You will be guided back in time from the early village to points of interest beyond.  Some rural elements and industries still exist – the Magill Grain Store, Bennett’s Pottery, Penfold Winery and the historic Romalo House.

Learn about early local businesses, changes to schools, the historic cemetery and local churches.  Join us to discover the history of parts of Magill.

Saturday 29 May 2021, 10.30 to 12.00 pm

Meet at Pepper Street Arts Centre

558 Magill  Road, Magill

Adults:  $5.00

Bookings required (event capacity 16)

Contact Margaret on 0438 838 894 or the Burnside Historical Society by email

Wheal Watkins 1843 Heritage Mine, Glen Osmond Above-Ground Guided Tour

A History Festival Event

Wheal Watkins was part of Australia’s first metalliferous mining area.  It is a 178 year old silver-lead mine site that became the introduction to Cornish mining in South Australia. The area was worked in the 1840’s and was the forerunner to the mining industry based on copper in SA. It transformed the economy of South Australia from depression to rapid growth and prosperity.

 

Sunday 16 May 2021, for 1 h0ur

Groups limited to 16

Bookings required

Starting either 1.00 pm or 2.30 pm, arrive 15 mins prior

Cost: Adults  $5.00

Phone 0439 478 352

 

Sturdy closed in footwear needed.  Not suitable for wheelchairs. Walkers require a moderate degree of mobility as lengthy, undulating track and steps to get up and down along the path.

Meet guide at Wheal Watkins Reserve Fire Track, Allandale Avenue, Glen Osmond.  Park near 23 Allandale Avenue. but there are only a few parks at end of the road.

 

 

Historical Walks

Take a walking tour seeing historical sites of interest in the streets of the City of Burnside. View all seven self-guided historical walks which cover the suburbs of Beaumont, Burnside, Eastwood and Parkside, Glen Osmond, Knightsbridge, now in Leabrook and Hazelwood Park, Rose Park and Waterfall Gully.

Beulah Park

Download historical walk for Beulah Park

This walk starts near Bus Stop 10, The Parade, Norwood (near intersection with Portrush Road). For more information on bus routes and timetables please refer to www.adelaidemetro.com.au. The distance covered by this walk is 5 km and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

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