Looking for the perfect central location for your meetings or functions?  Then meet centrally in Beautiful Burra at the historic Burra Town Hall. 


Exterior of Burra Town Hall
View of stage, from the balcony

View of room and balcony, from the stage

Civic Room

The Burra Town Hall is suitable for meetings, conferences and weddings and is available for hire at very reasonable rates.  Click here to see the magnificent restoration prior to the Grand Re-opening on October 13-15, 2006.

There are four different function rooms available 7 days a week, including the auditorium with a capacity to sear 250.

Make sure you allow yourself some "free" time whilst you are here, as there is so much to do in Burra!  Get the Burra Heritage Passport and embark on the 11 km trail which has been clearly marked out around the town.  Take in a round of golf a the 18 hole course at The Burra Golf Club.  Sample the local vintage at Thorogoods of Burra, Makers of Fine Apple Wine and Vintage Cider or simply visit the Art Gallery and many antique stores.  For those of you who prefer pursuing gastronomic treats, we have something for you too.  Homemade Cornish pasties for a quick bite, good old fashioned "pub" meals and Devonshire teas for those who want to relish the country town experience and of course much, much more. 

Burra has so much to offer visitors that if your partner is fortunate enough to be attending a conference here, you should insist on coming too!

We recommend you visit the Burra Visitor Information Centre for useful information on topics such as accommodation and dining, to help you make the most of your stay in Burra.

 

In the following sections, you will find information on:-

 

Town Hall Plan and Map of Burra

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Click to see more detailed version

Venue Facilities

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Location

  • Burra Town Hall, Market Street, Burra

Size

Capacity

  • Function rooms to suit 2 to 30 people or the auditorium which seats up to 250

Seating

  • 23 trestles tables:-

    • 20 - 1.8m x 0.9m

    •  2 - 2.5m x 0.75m

    •  1 - 1.5m x 0.9m

  • One large table - 1.80m x 1.20m

  • 200 single seats

  • Civic Room has a large round table and 10 antique chairs

  • Mary Warnes Room has a large oval table and 12 antique chairs

Conference Aids

  • Public Address system

  • Multi media projectors

  • White boards

 

Food Preparation

  • Large commercial kitchen with 6 burner gas cooker, an industrial dishwasher ample preparation space.

  • Microwave

  • Pie warmer

  • Mobile food warmer

  • 1000I refrigerator

  • Freezer

  • 230 sets of crockery and cutlery.

Miscellaneous Facilities

  • Piano on the Auditorium stage

  • Plenty of parking!

Stage Lighting equipment

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John Fuss in the stage and lighting room

The following equipment is available for stage lighting at Burra Town Hall.

  • 2 X patt 23 lanterns

  • 4 X 650 watt Fresnels

  • 4 X 1000 profile spots

  • 4 X 23s pattern lanterns

  • 4 X 500 watt Fresnels (Aust)

  • 3 X 64s floods

  • 3 X 9 way cyclorama magazines colours

  • 24 way dimmer

  • 3phase 30 amp outlets

  • 42way patch panel

  • 120watt pa amplifier

  • 2 microphone and assorted cables

  • lectern

  • microphone stands

  • DVD-CD player

  • Audio and lighting control installed through ceiling from stage to new storage cupboard at rear of hall.

After countless hours of frustration and replacing of failed cables the computer controlled 24 way lantern dimmer has found a home along with audio amp and dvd-cd player.

A Visual Tour of the Facilities

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Four different sized function rooms available 7 days a week.  The rooms are as follows:-

Auditorium

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View of stage, from the balcony


Set up for large sit down dinner

Set up for an Antique Fair

Auditorium

Throughout its rich history, the Auditorium has been used in a multitude of ways; from being the venue for the social after the induction of G. Dane as Masonic Lodge Master in 1912 (Mr George Dane was a well loved music teacher and producer of many musical performances at the Town Hall from the early 1900s) and hosting the Philharmonic Society in the 1920s to being the choice location for any number of movie showings, dinner dances, weddings and other private and business functions.

Please refer to the information below so you can determine if the Auditorium is the ideal venue for your next function.

  • Size: 18m x 10m

  • CapacitySits up to 250

    • If being used to show movies, there are 147 old style cinema seats, mostly in sets of 3 plus single seats which can be arranged as desired

  • Features:-

    • Raised stage

    • Piano located on stage

    • Balcony opposite the stage which seats 80 (fixed cinema seats).

    • Projector room with projector

    • Heating

  • Perfect for:-

    • showing movies

    • concerts

    • theatre productions

    • dinner dances

    • engagement parties and weddings

    • large private functions, such as special birthday parties and wedding anniversaries

    • large conferences

    • antique fairs

 

Comments from previous hirers:-

"The hall was just perfect for the wedding reception of 120 guests with plenty of room for dancing. The bar was in the supper room provided by one of the hotels.  We hired round tables."

 

Supper Room

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View of Supper Room facing the Historic Burra Photograph display
Typical Table setting

Supper Room

The Supper Room is the optimum choice for mid size functions.  The Supper Room contains all of the Historic Burra Collection and photographs hang on every wall.  The display was officially opened on December 10, 2005.  If you are interested in seeing a sample of the photos on display or finding out more about this exhibition, please click here

Note:  The photos can be removed for special occasions if other wall decoration is needed.

Please refer to the information below so you can determine if the Supper Room is the perfect spot for your next function.

  • Size: 10m x 7m

  • Capacity: Seats 60 comfortably, more if set up for non sitting function

  • Features:-

    • Heating

    • The commercial kitchen opens onto the Supper Room

  • Perfect for:-

    • small to mid size engagement parties and weddings

    • small to mid size private functions

    • conferences

    • end of year work functions

    • cocktail parties

    • church functions

    • art exhibitions

Mary Warnes Room

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Mary Warnes Room. 
"Burra Through the Eyes of the Quilters" is proudly displayed above the fireplace.

Mary Warnes Room

This room is named after Mary Warnes, the founder of the Burra Country Women's Association in South Australia in 1926, the first of 300 State branches of the C.W.A.. She was State President from 1929-1941.  For more information on Mary and the SA C.W.A., please click here.

  • Size: 7m x 4.5m

  • Capacity: 2 to 30 people

  • Features:-

    • Has a large oval table and 12 antique chairs,

    • Heating

    • Wall to wall carpet

    • "Burra Through the Eyes of the Quilters" - an original framed quilt presented by the Burra Quilters to the District Council of Burra Burra to commemorate the150th  Jubilee if Burra in 1995

  • Perfect for:-

    • Meetings

Civic Room

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The Civic Room
 

Civic Room

The Civic Room has been restored to its former glory. 

  • Size: 7m x 4.5m

  • Capacity: 2 to 30 people

  • Features:-

    • Has a large round table and 10 antique chairs

    • Wall to wall carpet

  • Perfect for:-

    • Meetings

Kitchen

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View of Kitchen's preparation space and fridge:
View of K
itchen facing the stove and sinks
Stove and mobile food warmer

Kitchen

  • Large commercial kitchen with:

    •  6 burner gas cooker

    • an industrial dishwasher

    • ample preparation space.

    • Microwave

    • Pie warmer

    • Mobile food warmer

    • 1000 Iitre refrigerator

    • Freezer

    • 2 urns

  • Other features include:

    • 230 sets of crockery and cutlery.  To see a typical setting, refer to the Supper Room section.

    • 2 large and 1 small tea pot

    • 6 large glass jugs

    • 14 Carafes

    • 80 wine glasses

    • salt and pepper shakers

    • 9 trays with 12 cups and saucers set up

    • Other miscellaneous glasses and sets of crockery

  • Note: there are no pots or pans for general cooking

   

Tariff

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Listed below are the current hiring fees

 

Hire Rates revised as at July 2016

Full Day ($)

Part Day ($)1

Mary Warnes Room

90.00

50.00

Civic Room

90.00

50.00

Supper Room
Special rate local community and service groups

100.00
50.00

55.00

Main Hall - Meetings etc

140.00 80.00

Main Hall - Dances etc, includes use of facilities: Supper Room and Kitchen. If cleaning is required a charge of $25.00 per hour will be deducted from the bond before a refund is issued.

265.00 plus a bond of $135 n/a

Main Hall - Weddings, includes use of facilities: Supper Room and Kitchen.  Available from 9am day before to 5pm day after the event.  A deposit of $200 is required. (Must be paid to confirm the booking). If cleaning is required a charge of $25.00 per hour will be deducted from the bond before a refund is issued.

750.00 plus a bond of $270

n/a

Notes

1 Up to 4 hours

Additional Information

  • Hall is connected to mains water supply, there is no rain water.

  • Urn, crockery and cutlery available for $20 per day.

  • Full use of the kitchen for food preparation and cooking $40 per day.

  • Cost of gas used may be amended depending on the amount used.

  • Eating and or drinking is not permitted in the civic room, but can be set up in the foyer.

  • Any room booked does NOT automatically include beverage making facilities unless stated above.

  • It is the hirers responsibility to setup and remove chairs and tables. Otherwise there is a charge of $25.00.

  • Room hire does NOT include, tea, coffee or kitchen facilities unless stated above.

  • Smoking is not allowed in the Town Hall

  • Prices subject to change.

  • Note: Goods and Services Tax @ 10% has been included in all rates.

Bookings

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We welcome your booking which can be made by contacting:

Burra Visitor Centre  

(08) 8892-2154

 

Alternatively, please download the Conditions of Hire and Application for Hire and e-mail the completed the forms to this address.

Catering Services and Equipment Hire

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If you wish to have your function at the Burra Town Hall catered, here are some local establishments which offer catering services:-

Commercial Hotel
22 Commercial Street
Burra SA 5417
Tel: (08) 8892 2010
Fax: (08) 8892 2900

Kooringa Hotel
4 Kingston Street
Burra SA 5417
Tel: (08) 8892 2013

The Burra Hospital Auxiliary
Tel:  (08) 8892 2260
For small groups up to 50 for lunches or afternoon teas

Burra & District Dog Obedience Club
Tel:  (08) 8892 2626
Catering for up to 200

And just in case you would like to hire round tables, chair back covers and other useful items, contact the local party hire company:-

Mid North Party Hire
They hire marquees, round tables, trestles, chairs, chair back covers, lighting, mobile cold room, mobile toilets, jukeboxes and more.
Mob:  0427 445 125
Tel: (08) 8844 5125
Fax: (08) 8844 5005

Wedding Venues

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If you're planning on getting married in Burra, then here is a list of potential places to celebrate your nuptials.  Of course whilst you are doing your planning, don't forget to check out the Marriages section of the SA Births, Deaths and  Marriages website for information on anything from registering your marriage and to selecting a marriage celebrant.

Religious Ceremony  


St Mary's Anglican Church

St Mary's Anglican Church
(08) 8892 2071
Market Street, Burra
 http://www.diowillochra.org.au/ 

Built in 1879 and includes stained glass windows made by Edwards Brooks, South Australia's first stained glass maker.

For more historical information about this church, click here.

St Joseph's Catholic Church
(08) 8892 2525
Market Street, Burra

The first Catholic services were held in Burra in 1849, however this church was built by Jesuits from Sevenhill, in 1874.   The convent and school at the rear were closed in 1970.

For more historical information about this church, click here.


St Joseph's Catholic Church


Burra Uniting Church in Australia

Burra Uniting Church in Australia
(08) 8892 2077
Chapel Street, Burra

The first Wesleyan chapel and schoolroom was built on this site in 1847 and was the first church in Burra.  The original church was later demolished and this one was built in its place in 1914.

For more historical information about this church, click here.

St. John's Lutheran Church
(08) 8842 3599
Ludgvan St, Burra North

The church was established on this site in 1967.

For more historical information about this church, click here.


St John's Lutheran Church

Civil Ceremony 


Burra Creek

Weddings can be held in the gardens by the Burra Creek.  Contact the Goyder Council on (08) 8892 0100 for a special events permit and for advice about public liability insurance. 

There are also a number of private gardens in Burra that are commonly used for weddings.

If you are interested in using the Eudunda Gardens (about an hour from Burra), here is a link to the Guidelines for Use of Eudunda Gardens for Weddings / Photographs

 

 

Other useful SITES

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Once you have decided where to hold your all important function, you need to get there - and of course, have flowers for the all important occasion.  The following vendors will do all they can to help satisfy your requirements.


"Daisy", the 1924 Dodge Brothers car

Daisy's Vintage & Classic Cars
Garry & Sally Fieldhouse
Ph. 0428 347 315
Fax (08) 88438190
Email: gally3@bigpond.com

Vintage and classic chauffeur drive cars for weddings, tours and special occasions.

Clare Valley Flowers
Clare, South Australia
Tel:  (08) 8842 1388
Fax: (08) 8842 1388
Mob: 0403 404 044

Clare Valley Flowers is an innovative florist in the heart of the Clare Valley with a dynamic team of floral consultants ready to service the needs of the customer and help complement any day or occasion.


Arrangement by Clare Valley Flowers

Burra Town Hall History

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The Burra Institute, 1874

1879

This historic building situated in Market Street, and listed in the National Heritage Register, began life as a much more modest building, serving as the Mechanics'' and Miners' Institute, which was opened in 1857.  Over the nearly 20 years as the Institute, there were varied accounts as to the level of services offered and patronage from among those it was designed to assist in broadening the mind.  Concerned to have a civic centre more worthy of the town, a committee was formed, funds were raised, government assistance secured and with great fanfare and many distinguished guests, the Burra Institute, built on the site of the original Institute, was opened in 1874 with aim of making it:

"... the first in general usefulness by having a well stocked library, an instructive museum, educational classes, popular lectures, and agencies in every direction, whereby the mind might be cultivated and the feelings refined."

Indeed the Burra Institute, or Town Hall as it is now called, was the focal point of Burra's community life for the next century.  The Civic Room (formerly known as the Chamber Room) was the home of the Corporation of the Town of Burra from the proclamation in 1876 until its amalgamation with the District Council of Burra Burra in 1969.

 

If you are interested in seeing photos of past and present selected town locations, then visit the Photograph display at the hall. 

The Town Hall is open for viewing between 11.00am and 3.00pm daily (unless booked for functions).

 

Old Kitchen

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History of the Old Kitchen

Many banquets and balls were held in this hall before 1926 and there was a need for a kitchen of some sort to cater for these occasions.  Almost no information has come to light about the kitchen facilities prior to 1926 other than a note in the local paper the Burra Record in January 1913 stating that gas was extended to the side entrance and to the copper.

 

Perhaps the largest function to be held in this building was the banquet and presentation of medals to returned men, sponsored by the Burra Cheer-up Society for the returned men of the town and district.  This celebration was held on 29th October 1919.  Nearly 400 attended.  The hall was artistically decorated and all was a great success.  More than one sitting was required and guests waited outside under the trees on seating which was supplied.  Compared with today’s catering facilities the conditions were primitive indeed and we can but wonder how the organisers coped with such a crowd.

 

Big changes occurred to this hall in 1926 when the stage was enlarged by demolishing the two dressing rooms at the back of the stage and building dressing rooms at the rear.  The fire place on the stage is all that is left of the original dressing rooms.  The kitchen was enclosed and a useful passage created.

 

The Annual General Meeting of the Burra Institute of January 1927 reported the following

There is now a side entrance to an enclosed kitchen on the south side and a stairway leading to dressing rooms.  The kitchen was enclosed on the south side and extended by a long underground passage, fitted with a table and also a servery through the wall to the supper room.  The stage can be screened to serve as a supper room and stage at the same time.  The opera Les Cloches de Corneville on 15 & 16 December was the first performance after the alterations. 

 

The report suggests that the previous kitchen was not enclosed and was indeed a very small working space.  What a luxury the extension passage and servery would have been.

 

Oral history records that the local women would spend days at home baking before a big event and on the day would have to trudge up the rough path at the south side of the hall to this kitchen laden with baskets of cakes and savouries.  Their home made delights would be arranged on plates and laid out for serving to guests on a long bench in the passage.  The window as well as the servery was thrown open, the copper filled and stoked the fire in the stove lit so the oven would be hot enough to warm the savouries brought from home.  After the event was over there would have been many able hands available to help with the washing up – no running water in this kitchen.  At the conclusion of events the ladies were always thanked for providing a fine supper.

 

Until 1926 the lodge room may have been used as the supper room.  Today this is the room to the left of the southern foyer. It seems quite an inconvenient location.  In 1926 the stage was screened to serve as a supper room or stage, this location must have suited the organisers as this little kitchen served the hall for approximately 36 years until the present kitchen was built and the reading room of the library converted to the supper room as we see it today.  How times have changed and what time consuming events needed to occur to provide a supper for many at the Burra Institute.

 

Funds for the 2007 restoration of this old kitchen have been provided by the Goyder Council Heritage Fund with many hours of volunteer labour by Roy.

 

the Beginning of the Country Women's Association in S.A.

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Reference: The First Fifty Years  Golden Jubilee History of the South Australian Country Women’s Association

 

In 1926, Mrs T. R. Bowman, then President of the National Council of Women in South Australia called a meeting of all country Mayoresses and wives of chairmen district councils.  The CWA had been established in New South Wales since 1922, and in Queensland since 1923; Victoria had what were then called Women’s Institutes; all these were already demonstrating their value.  Mrs Bowman had been asked by the National Council of Women in the eastern states to try to establish a similar movement in South Australia. She did not receive one reply to her invitation. 

Undaunted, Mrs Bowman invited a number of country women known to her personally, or by reputation to afternoon tea at the Queen Adelaide Club in Adelaide.  To them she explained the aims and objects of the association already operating in the eastern state.  Those present said they could see what they could do in their towns.  The only person who did call a meeting was Mrs I.J. Warnes of Burra.  “So we Grow”, the Silver Jubilee publication of the SA CWA, tells of her this way:

 “Mrs Warnes, formerly Miss Mary Fairbrother of Adelaide, had gone as a very young bride to Koomooloo Station, east of Burra, outside Goyder’s line of rainfall; a very isolated spot in the days of horse transport and no telephone.  He sister married her husband’s brother, who lived at Old Koomooloo Station seven miles distant, and Mrs Warnes would often tell of the pre-arranged weekly meetings of the sisters.  Each would set out from her home on a bicycle over the bush track, and at half-way point they would sit for a couple of hours, chat over a cup of tea, and then bicycle home again their various ways.  Apart from infrequent trips into Burra, these weekly meetings were the only contact Mrs Warnes had with another woman.  It is further recorded that on these infrequent trips to the town, Mary Warnes would sometimes go into a shop to by a yard of ribbon she did not need in order to speak to another woman.  Years later, the family moved to the “inside” property of Wahroonga.  Now middle-aged, Mrs Warnes thought a great deal about a means of making the life of the outback woman less isolated.  She felt the women of the town could make them welcome, as she herself had never  been welcomed.  She felt country women should band together for mutual help.  Mrs Bowman’s meeting opened her eyes to what could be done.  She heard of the rest rooms that had been established in other states.  This immediately became a goal: the setting in Burra of a room where country wives could rest and relax, tend the baby, make a cup of tea, meet and chat with others on that infrequent trip to town.  What a contract it would be in the common experience of wives and children waiting hours after hour in a trap, or buggy, or even the spring cart, whilst the husband completed his business.

Too modest to claim the name “Country Women’s Association”, Mrs Warnes returned home and called a meeting from which the “Burra Country Women’s Service Association” was formed on 5 November 1926.  Mrs Bowman was there at the hall adjoining the show office to give the benefits of her experience and knowledge.  She pointed out that the National Council of Women already had as much business as it could handle, and that countrywomen needed their own organisation to represent rural interests.  She stressed that CWA was non-political and non-sectarian, and that its motto was “Loyalty to the throne, through service to our country, by countrywomen, to countrywomen”.

Mrs Warnes became the first president, a position that she held for 15 years.

Mrs Warnes’ conviction was that the country would be a better place for living, a happier one for its women if they banded together to help one another to broaden their lives by bringing into them fresh interests. The Constitution of the Burra Country Women’s Service Association, adopted in December 1926, stated these aims:

  1. To improve the welfare and conditions of life of women and children in the country.

  2. To draw together all women, girls and children in country district.

  3. To bring opportunities for recreation and enjoyment within the reach of all members.

  4. To encourage the active study of local, municipal and district affairs and to promote a wide and kindly spirit.

  5. To promote  educational facilities in the country.

  6. To secure better provisions for safe-guarding of public health, especially for children, and to help provide more adequate medical and hospital facilities for country districts.

Within days of the formation of the Service Association, a rest room was opened in rent free premise behind the stationery shop of Mr and Mrs. C D Wilkinson, open from 9am to 6 pm on week days, and to noon on Saturdays; available to any women of the district over the age of 18 years.

Mary Jane Warnes lived from 1877 to 1959.

Photo courtesy of SACWA

 

The Pascoe Collection

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The Pascoe Collection (Merino Display) can be viewed by visitors to the Town Hall.  For more information on the collection please read the following 1925 and 1914 articles taken from the local newspaper of the time.


The Pascoe Collection as seen in the Town Hall


Another view of The Pascoe Collection

Burra Record April 1, 1925

The fine collection of photos of stud sheep hanging in Mr R D Pascoe’s hairdressing saloon, have scores of times been viewed by visitors, both distinguished and otherwise, and highly commented upon.  Seldom has a more interested part visited the saloon than that arranged by Messrs G.F. Jenkins and W.B. Page, the President and general Secretary of the Liberal Federation, (On Thursday evening last.  The party comprised the Prime Minister (Hon. (S.M.) and Mrs Bruce, the Mayor and the Mayoress (Mr and Mrs Maurice Collins), Senators G.W. Foster, R.V. Wilson and Newland, M.H.R.’s, Messrs G.F. Jenkins, W.B. Page and W.G. Hawkes and the visit was prior to the meeting. The Prime Minister after a close inspection said that it was the best collection he had ever seen In fact he had been told it was the finest in the work.  It was also a great advertisement for the district and an educating to the general public, Mr Hawkes explained to the visitors the quality of the wool, frame etc.  Senator Wilson presented Mr. R. D. Pascoe with a set of four photos of Stud rams, (three each from South Australia Victoria, N.S W. and Tasmania), which have been sent to the Wembly Exhibition to represent the above states.  This magnificent collection representing some of the finest merino sheep in Australia was started by Mr Pascoe in 1910, Mr L W Gebhardt being the first contributor.  Other well-known breeders of high-class sheep have followed Mr Gebhard’s example and the collection of photos is now as stated by the Prime Minister one of the finest to be seen
 

Burra Record 14 Oct. 1914, page 1

The Pascoe Collection. ...  Too much praise cannot be given to the robust type of Merino sheep based on the high open land contiguous to the railway line from Manoora and extending northwards to near Terowie. Sheep from the Burra District are especially noteworthy. Bred as they are, under perfectly natural conditions, neither housed, rugged, nor fed on prepared fodders and sustained only by the indigenous grasses. Thus they are essentially adapted to arid pastoral country. The districts comprised in the area mentioned supply the bulk of the Merino stud rams for Queensland and Western Australia as well as many parts of New South Wales. The African stockowners are large buyers of both stud ewes and rams, and have expressed surprise that South Australia is so generous as to allow them to select from the State’s best Merinos for export to Africa, whilst Africa in return will not reciprocate in the ostrich trade by even an egg. At the present time the question is being debated whether the supremacy of the South Australian Merino can be maintained in the smaller areas (now devoted to pastoral pursuits) since the cutting up of Booborowie, North Booborowie, Gum Creek, Hill River and Bungaree, districts previously noted for ram breeding and now cut into smaller areas and devoted to wheat growing. These districts surrounding the historic town of Burra have for many years been known as ‘the home of the typical Merino’ and with the object of displaying to the many visitors, stockbreeders, and the general public the class of sheep bred on the various stations, Mr R.D. Pascoe, an enterprising and highly respected resident of Kooringa has during the past four years secured the framed photographs of no fewer than 129 different stud sheep. These he has tastefully arranged and hung in his spacious and splendidly lighted hairdressing saloon situated in Commercial St, therein securing a decoration of which he has every reason to feel proud. The collection of pictures has been inspected by many well-known dealers and breeders in the Commonwealth, and has been adjudged by all to be the finest and most valuable in the state. It has also been a source of great convenience to local, Interstate, New Zealand, and South African Buyers. ... The photos which are uniformly framed and mounted range from 7’ x 4’2” to 2’ x 2½’, and were taken by Messrs C.P. Scott, W.B. Page, Edwards & Roach.

dressing rooms

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Dressing up at the Town Hall is fun!

You and your family can dress in period costumes  at the Burra Town Hall. 

The Dressing Rooms hold a great range of clothes from fireman's boots and braces, to ladies aprons and shawls and children’s clothes too. 

Dress up and take your own photographs in front of the mural on the stage.  Best of all, IT’S FREE.