Burnside Historical Society

Celebrating 44 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,  however we would like a gold coin donation.

A quarterly Newsletter was published until September 2020. The Bulletin replaced the Newsletter in October 2020. This monthly bulletin is emailed to members.

In 2021 the first Annual Journal was published and it includes articles about Burnside.

Day and Half Day Trips are arranged a couple of times a year

Video produced about the history of Wheal Watkins Heritage Mine 1843

The recently produced video of the Wheal Watkins Mine was shown at our March meeting.

Wheal Watkins was part of Australia’s first metalliferous mining area. The area was worked in the 1840s 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.

The video of the Wheal Watkins Mine has been produced by the Burnside Historical Society (BHS) with the support of the City of Burnside, and is part of our current Mines Project.

Burnside Historical Society events for the SA History Festival

Official programmes are now available from Drakes supermarkets and online for this year’s May History Festival.

Now is the time to check out the programme of over 500 events and to make your bookings for what promises to be a busy and enjoyable month for history lovers.

BHS History Festival Events

Once again, we will be an active contributor to the History Festival with our five events. Our May meeting is detailed above and the other four are listed briefly below.

  1. Guided Walk of Dulwich: “Revealing the Secrets of Dulwich” with Polly Dundon (Sat 4 May, 10 -12noon)
  2. Guided Walk: “Eastwood: Burnside’s smallest suburb” with Ally Preiss (Tues 7 May, 10am – 12noon)
  3. Talk in the Burnside Library “The Bald Hills of Burnside” with speaker: Colin Harris (Thurs 9 May, 6.30pm – 8.00pm)
  4. Talk and Walk: “The Glen Osmond Mines with a focus on Wheal Watkins” commencing with a talk in the Burnside Library and then a walk at the Mine. (Mon 13 May, 10-12.30pm)

You can find full details, including booking arrangements, in the links above or in the official History Festival print Programme on pages 32 and 33.

Historical Walks

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


Download historical walk for Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge, now in Leabrook and Hazelwood Park.

The distance covered by this walk is 3 km and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

This walk starts at Bus Stop 17 on Glynburn Road. For more information on bus routes and timetables please refer to www.adelaidemetro.com.au.