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 is published and half day or full day trips to points of historical interest are held each year.

Half day or full day trips to points of historical interest are held each year.

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

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

Cost: Adults  $5.00

Phone 0439 478 352

Sturdy 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.



West Terrace Cemetery Walk

 Saturday 17 April at 10.30 am

Members only

Bookings essential as numbers are limited.

Participants should wear closed in footwear as some paths are unpaved.  A hat and water are advisable.  Indicate if you are interested in joining us for lunch after the walk (a venue to be arranged).

Phone Secretary Margaret Ford  0438 838 894

It will be led by Anne and Ross Both, each leading a group of 12.  Meet at the lodge at the West Terrace entrance to the cemetery.  Parking is available in the cemetery grounds.

The grave sites to be visited include Osmond Gilles, William Ashton, Constable Hyde, the Kingston Allotments, the Carl Linger Memorial, Boyle Travis Finnes, Dr William Wyatt and William Patrick Auld.



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.