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.

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.

Burnside

Download historical walk for Burnside

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. The distance covered by this walk is 2.5 km and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.