05.01.2019 – Exploring Burra, South Australia

Burra is such an interesting town, having preserved much of the 1840’s buildings and at every turn, there is something to explore or a sight to behold. As one would expect, old hotels survive and are well patronised. Amongst the various shops and services are a number of cafés with some displaying collectibles for sale and unusual decor. With the strong Cornish connection to copper mining here, it is not surprising that Cornish pasties are on the menu. Cornish pasties were made containing the much needed meat and vegetables to sustain miners working deep in mines, with the arched rope-like crust serving as a disposable handle for miners who were handling dirt and often poisonous material.

Within walking distance of the Tourist Information Centre in the centre of Burra, there are a number of places to visit.  Remember to plan your visit in accordance with opening times for buildings without the passport key facility, as all of these places are manned by volunteers and therefore by necessity, have restricted opening hours. If already a National Trust Member, the cost of the Heritage Passport Key is reduced.

Some places we visited included the museum in Market Square in a building once used as the general store, and out back (where the entrance is) a display of the working and living areas of it’s first occupant, a tailor, and the building’s history.

At St.Mary’s Anglican Church of Australia, we admired the amazing lead-light windows.

Paxton Square Cottages were 33 cottages built on three sides of a square, to house miners and their families.  No..11 is now preserved as display of how a family might have lived in one of the cottages.  The rest have been renovated and can be rented for accommodation.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.