Video produced about the history of Wheal Watkins Heritage Mine 1843

Category: Burnside

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.

XVI th EASTERN REGION HISTORY SEMINAR 2022 – Re-imagining local history after 40 years

Category: Burnside

Saturday 22nd October 2022

Marble Hill Stables, 314 Marble Hill Road, Marble Hill 5137

9.15 – 9.55 am         Registration

10.00 – 10.15 am    Welcome 

                                   Dr Geoffrey Bishop, President, East Torrens Historical Society

                                   Dr Patricia Michell, Heritage Director, Marble Hill

10.15 – 11.00 am     Guest Speaker: Liz Harfull, Adelaide Hills author and journalist, photographer 

                                   and consultant: Giving a voice  to women’s stories in local history

 11.00 – 11.30 am    Morning Tea

11.30 – 1.00 pm       Group reports – groups present an appraisal of how their group has influenced

                                   local attitudes toward local heritage preservation and recognition (5 minutes

                                   each plus question time at the end of the session)

1.00 – 1.45 pm         Lunch

1.45 – 3.15 pm          Site tours – Marble Hill – a restoration project in action.  Guided tours of the

                                   Stables and grounds, including hilltop lookout.  (No public access to main

                                   residence which is still a building site)

3.15 to 3.30 pm      Afternoon tea and closure of the seminar.


Seminar hosted by East Torrens Historical Society Inc. and Marble Hill Heritage

Our thanks to the Michell family for hosting the seminar at Marble HillE:


Registration Fee $45 per person due by Friday 7 October 2022.

Contact ETHS Treasurer, Mary Fletcher on 0419 910 196 or E: for further details and a registration form.

Day in Historical Magill

Category: Burnside

Wednesday 28 September 2022. 

Bookings are essential – 0422 705 916


Meet at Tower Hotel at 9.50 am for a guided walk around old Magill village.

Parking available at Tower Hotel.

Lunch at own expense at Tower Hotel at 12.00 pm.

Drive to Magill Wesleyan Cemetery, Jackson Street, Magill for a guided tour starting at 2.00 pm for an hour

From Dulwich to Dairy Farm: Women and Change During World War II

Category: Burnside

History Month Festival

Thursday 27 May 2021 at 6.30 pm (approx 60 mins)

Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Per Person:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 70

Contact Burnside Library, Phone: 8366 4280, e-mail:

It’s February 1942.  With Japanese planes bombing Darwin, Adelaide fears an invasion.  Amid this tension a teenager, her life up-ended, begins a diary to store memories for her missing father.

The Story of Food and the Humble Olive in Burnside

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History Month Festival

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 11.30 am (approx 90 mins)

Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Adults:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 70

Contact Burnside Library, Phone 8366 4280, e-mail:

Have you ever wondered what was eaten in Burnside in the past? The available vegetables, fruits and meats?  The types of farming techniques and food storage? 

Guided Tour of Historical Magill Wesleyan Cemetery

Category: Burnside

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.

From Settlement of Makgill the Village, to Magill the Suburb

Category: Burnside

Makgill Village was subdivided in 1838 by two Scots, Robert Cock and William Ferguson.  Magill is part 0f both Burnside and Campbelltown Council areas.  You will be guided back in time from the early village to points of interest beyond.  Some rural elements and industries still exist – the Magill Grain Store, Bennett’s Pottery, Penfold Winery and the historic Romalo House.

Learn about early local businesses, changes to schools, the historic cemetery and local churches.  Join us to discover the history of parts of Magill.

Saturday 29 May 2021, 10.30 to 12.00 pm

Meet at Pepper Street Arts Centre

558 Magill  Road, Magill

Adults:  $5.00

Bookings required (event capacity 16)

Contact Margaret on 0438 838 894 or the Burnside Historical Society by email

Wheal Watkins 1843 Heritage Mine, Glen Osmond Above-Ground Guided Tour

Category: Burnside

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

Bookings required

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

Cost: Adults  $5.00

Phone 0439 478 352


Sturdy closed in 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.