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.

The bi-monthly Bulletin has replaced the Newsletter.
It can be emailed to most members.

Later in 2021 it is planned to publish the first Annual Journal which will include articles of Burnside.

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.

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.