Osmond Gilles: Colonial Treasurer and Businessman, Pastoralist and Philanthropist

7:30 pm Monday 20 July 2020

Osmond Gilles: Colonial Treasurer and Businessman, Pastoralist and Philanthropist

Presented by Anne and Ross Both

Osmond Gilles was a notable figure in early colonial South Australia and this talk will provide a brief biography and outline of his contribution to the establishment of South Australia, both as Colonial Treasurer and as a private citizen. It will also summarise the Burnside Historical Society’s Osmond Gilles project, culminating in the June 2020 restoration of his grave site in the West Terrace Cemetery.

Anne Both is a foundation member of the BHS who in recent years has served on a number of its committees. Five years ago she initiated the restoration project of Osmond Gilles’ grave and is now relieved that the restoration has been completed. Ross Both is also a foundation member of the Society. He is a retired geologist with an interest in mining history. His publications include the history of the Glen Osmond silver-lead mines and an account of a dispute between Osmond Gilles and his brother Lewis over the lease of the Glen Osmond Mine. He was one of the volunteer guides for Wheal Watkins tours until those tours ceased in 2005.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

Location

Coralie Soward Hall, Burnside Community Centre (adjacent Burnside Library)

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore SA 5065

Enter car park from Fisher Street, off Portrush Road

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