We arrived to spend the weekend in the fascinating town of Burra, that lies in a pastoral area in the mid-north of South Australia. Burra is an historic copper mining town, created when the small mining communities of Aberdeen, New Aberdeen, Kooringa, Llwchwr, Redruth and Graham were combined under the name Burra in 1940.
On arrival we visited the Burra Tourist Centre to obtain Burra Heritage Passports. What a terrific innovation! The passport comes with a key to unlock various historical places of interest and view at your leisure. We were given maps and information of a huge list of things to see in the area – far too many for two days but as usual, we would give it our best shot!
Close to where we were staying, and first on our list: Miner’s Dug Outs – a few of the many that in the mid-1800’s were dug out of the river’s banks (now dried up) to house the miners and their families, an estimated 1,800, in unsanitary conditions that would result in the deaths of many through disease.