Carolyn and Greg's Nomadic Adventures travel blog

The Pub with no Pokies & War Memorial = Burra

Burra Town Hall

Railway station under restoration

Miners dugouts

Bon Accord Mining Museum

Burra Copper Mine

15th October

Leaving Port Augusta in calm sunny conditions we head to Clare. Halfway into the trip after some words with Brandon [our GPS] we checked out the maps and arrived safely about lunchtime. Staying at the Discovery Holiday Park till Thursday.

Today we have decided to visit Burra, one of Australia's great historic attractions. It's astonishing how little has changed since the 19th century copper boom. On the discovery of copper in 1845, two groups nicknamed the Nobs [capitalists and pastoralists]and the Snobs[Adelaide shopkeepers and merchants] vied for ownership of the copper bearing land. Eventually the two groups jointly purchased the Burra Creek Special Survey[the Monster Mine] and agreed to divide it. They drew lots as to which parts they would own. The Snobs gained the northern half and went onto reap the rewards from one of the richest copper mines the world has ever known. The Nobs drew the short straw gaining the southern half which yielded very little copper ore.

After visiting the bakery for lunch we drove the Burra Heritage trail visiting all the old sites. On our way back we visited Thorogoods Cider. They sold Apple Wine, Apple Beer , Apple Liqueur & Chocolate Liqueur. A small cider factory that is up for sale if anyone is interested. Buying some Apple Wine we head back to Clare.

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