The following section comprises a combination of obituaries that have been summarised from the local paper (the Burra Record which was known as the Northern Mail from 1876 to 1878), plus some additional information taken from various sources. Where available, the additional information includes the plot no, full name and whether or not there is a headstone. Hopefully the combined information will make this a more useful resource for researchers.
Whether or not you are interested in researching a particular pioneer, you will find that obituaries can be fascinating reading. Some obituaries tell when people came to Burra and on what ship and how long ago etc. Other obituaries reveal the social life of the time, such as the one which tells of the poor lady who was singeing a goose on Christmas Day and got burnt and died.
Take note however that the contents of the obituaries are not verified against other primary sources and it is not unusual for some "facts" as reported in the obituary to be incorrect.
A CD, Pioneers and Settlers Bound for SA 1836-1838 by Di Cummings,
is available from Gould's. The CD contains
the most up to date passenger lists for this period, many portraits and
headstone photos, plus scanned images of Ship Manifests/Embarkation
documents and scanned images of the SA REGISTER newspapers for that
timeframe. This will be an invaluable reference for SA genealogists
To assist navigation, please select a letter for the surname of the pioneer you are interested in.