Name

Also known as

Period of operation

Mineral

Production

Method of Working

Comments

Location

Aberdeen Ballast Quarry

 

c.1870-1950’s?

Railway Ballast

 

Quarry

Produced large quantity of high quality ballast: for some of the time connected to railway by a spur line

Hd. Kooringa Section 4

All Nations Mine

 

c. 1867

 

 

 

Record of Mines 1908 reports it was worked by a Melbourne Co. “nothing known”

Near Burra

Apoinga

Blue Success

Blue Hole

1941-1951

Crocidolite Asbestos

91 tons

Quarry

Claims finally cancelled 1956

Hd.  Apoinga Section 252 3 miles N.W. of Robertstown 1:25,000 map suggest Section 295 or 296

Apoinga

Apoinga Copper Mining Co.

1857-82 prospecting

1882-83 mining

Copper

Very little

4 shafts & some driving

Company wound up: property disposed of in 1885

Hd. Apoinga Section 12 7 miles N.E. of Black Springs (also leased Sections 15, 16, 17) for  prospecting Perhaps renumbered?

Apoinga Gold Mining Co

 

c.1931

Gold

 

Shaft and driving

Burra Record 3/6/31 reports 1st shareholders meeting Black Springs 21 May 1931.  No menton after 17 June 1931

 

Apoinga Gold Show

 

1930

Gold

Negligible

Shaft & shallow pits

A little alluvial gold found.  Ores showed only a trace

Hd. Apoinga Section 10 !4 miles WNW Robertstown (central eastern pt of section)

Asbestos Mining Co

S.A. Asbestos & Mining Co. Ltd Robertstown Asbestos Mine

1894-? Not continuously

Asbestos

 

Pits/Quarry

 

More research needed to clarify, but apparently worked at different times 1st in 1894 when c. 6 tons bagged. Asbestos Mining Co. 1912 employed over 30. S.A. Asbestos& Mining Co. issued prospectus 1921

Add . Burra Record 9/9/1931 Robertstown Asbestos Mine very active formerly S.A. Asbestos & Mines  but they closed Down

8 Miles NE Robertstown e of Section 48 Hd. Bright

Bevan & Sons Sliver Claim

 

c.1888

Silver

 

Shafts & costeen pits

Burra record 20/4/1888 reports an offer to buy it shafts & pits had then cost £1,250

15 miles from Burra

Black George Mining Co

 

1888

Copper

 

Shaft?

Burra Record 20/4/1888 reports  offer of 100 shares of £1 to develop copper lode at Black George Well in Redruth

Redruth

Black Hills Silver Mines

World’s End Silver Claims Includes:

Dunstan’s Silver Claim, Black Hills Pty Silver Mine Syndicate, W. Pearce Jun. Claim Black Hills Pty Co

1886-c.1890?

Silver

negligible

Shafts & pit

Oddly Record of Mines 1908 has no information.  Burra Record 9/2/1886 says there are over 300 claims & by 23/2/1886 says they were surveyed & settled with more being made Black Hills Silver Mine was wound up 1889 and Burra Record 24/12/89 reports the whole field a failure

c. 16 miles SE of Burra

Bon Accord Mine

 

1846-1864

Copper

Water

Nothing payable found

Shafts drives & crosscuts

Main Shaft to 300’ supplied the town water supply 1878-1966 (Aberdeen only 1878-1884) Good references is David P. Bannear “An Archaeological Survey of the Von accord Property Burra South Australia 1845-1966 (5 volumes0, Saddleworth, 1987

Hd. Kooringa Section 4 on N side of Burra Mine

Burra Consols

 

1870, 1873, 1899

Copper

 

Shafts

Worked spasmodically but lack of finance forced it to close each time

12 miles SE Burra Hd. Baldina

Burra Corporation

Burra Town Council

 

Road metal

 

Quarry

The town council worked a number of local quarries for limestone & shale for road metal

Hd. Kooringa Section 1

Burra Creek Mining Venture

 

1865

Copper

 

 

240 acres at Military map reference 227816

Hd. Bundey Section 131 2½miles W. Gums Homestead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burra Fire Clay Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

H. Baldina

Burra Hill

 

1943?

Rock Phosphate

Nil

 

Discovered J. Barker. Not developed

Hd. Kooringa Section 1 Western slope of hills immediately W. Of Burra

Burra Joker Mine/Claim

Joker

1888-91

Silver

Nil

Shaft

Syndicate of 60 Burra men employed 2 men for 6 weeks & then some move time.  Only a trace at best. Shaft to 200 feet.

20 miles e. of Ketchowla Homestead

Burra Manganese & Silver Mining Co. Ltd

Iron Mine/Ironmine

Period of Burra Mine 7 1888

Iron & manganese

At least 10,000 tons for flux

Shaft

Originally produced thousands of tons of manganese ore for E&A Copper Co. Smelters at Burra 1888 attempt to restart operations failed for lack of local buyer for flux.  The company had hoped it was a cap for silver deposit

6 miles W of Burra adjacent Ironmine Church Hd of Ayers Section 92

Canowie Claim

 

1904

Copper

Nil

 

Burra Record 16/3/1904 reported a ‘‘useful” copper find but nothing eventuated

Between Canowie & Booborowie

Carn Brae

St Elmo

/ & 1913

Copper/Gold

 

Shaft & drive

Burra record 23/4/1913 & 10/11/1913 report work on the old Cran Brae claim then renamed st Elmo ‘in what seems to e gold bearing stuff’

Robertstown/Bright

Cartapo Creek

 

 

Cobalt & manganese

 

 

Not developed

Hd Ayers

District Council of Burra

 

From 1925

Road metal

Many tones of thousands of tons

Quarries

These & probably other sties as well

Hd. Kooringa section 4

Hd. Hanson Section 81

Duncan’s

 

1890

Silver-Lead

Negligible

Pits

Veins too small to be of value

Hd. Hanson Sections 603,604

Eastern Gold & Prospecting Syndicate

 

1902?-1906?

Copper& Gold

 

Shaft

Burra Record 11/1/1905 reposts a nice find of copper 3 years ago & 1/2/1905 a syndicate to exploit it. Shaft to c. 100ft. when work appear to have ceased by march 1906 .Burra Record 11/7/1906 Syndicate failed to raise money.

C30-35 miles east of Burra

Edelweiss Mine

Edeberg Mine

 

Copper & Vanadium

 

 

Mentioned in Record of Mines 1908 p50

Hd Apoinga Block 1 14 miles south of Burra

Fairview Phosphate Workings

Fair View

Fair View Co/Mine

Adelaide  artificial Manure Co

 

Phosphate

Figures of dept. of Mines of less than 150 tons seems to contradict reports in Burra Record 9 & 30/8/1905 of 1000 tons of rock

Shafts and Quarries

Found by F.A.S. Field 1900 Minor production 1903 Adelaide Artificial manures Co. Small production 1903-1918

Another claim ran form 1950-53 on Section 224 & ore from 1952-53 on Section 225 but apparently without production See also reports in Burra Record between 2/3/1904 and 28/3/1906

Hd. Bright section 225 & 224 (formerly Section 4)

18m SSE Burra 13 miles north of Robertstown (Lily Dora adjoins)

Hills Creek Mine

 

1885

Copper

 

 

Burra Record 16/10/1888 Rich lode of copper struck by Mr Milner: no other information

Ulooloo

Kapunda Prospecting Claim

 

1886?

Copper

 

 

Mentioned in Burra Record 2/3/1886 no further details

Close to Burra Creek on Mt Mullen

Karkulto

for second mine called Karkulto see Royal Mining Co

Southern Australian Mining Assoc.

1850-51

1855-66

Copper

Iron

7500 tons iron ore

70 tons copper ore

6 shafts 7 1,600ft. of drives

7 winzes & man stopes

Production ceased 1857-55 due to Victorian gold rush.  The iron ore was used as a smelting flux at Burra

Hd Apoinga Sections 21, 81, 2182, 2184, 2185, 2186

Lily Dora

 

1905-06?

Phosphate

10 tons?

 

Record of Mines 1908 says exploration only till then.  Record of Mines Summary Sheet gives 10 tons for 1903

Adjoining Fariview Phosphate Workings one report says 1½ miles closer to Burra

Morrison, A.D. Claim

 

1950

Clay

80 tons

 

Satisfactory for low temperature fire brick

Hd. King Section 164 5½ miles NW Barker’s Dam

Mt Bryan Silver Claim

Mt Bryan Ranges Silver Mine Assoc.

1888

Silver

 

Shaft

Burra record 9/3/1888 reports discovery  5 20/4/1888 reports shaft at 46 feet & other work – then silence

1 mile north Mt Bryan railway station

Munjibbie Mine

 

? & 1905?

 

 

 

Burra Record 26/7/1905 H. Price is working the old Munjibbie Mine & making good wages some of the time

7 miles NE Ulooloo

10 miles SE Terowie

Murphy’s Gold Mine

 

1882?

Gold

 

 

Burra Record 17/3/1882 Murphy’s Gold Mine prospectus withdrawn

 

Porter’s Lagoon

 

 

Salt

 

 

 

 

Princess Elise

 

1907

Copper

 

 

Burra Record 22/5/1907 & 5/6/1907 reports find & attempt to float company 28/8/1907 work going well: then silence

½ mile from Princess Royal MIne

Princess Royal Mine

 

1845-51

 

1867-68

 

 

 

1898

Copper

588 tons of ore

46 tons for 8 tons 6cwts copper

Shafts & pits

1867-68 work by E&A Copper Co (of Burra Smelts)

1898-99 effort seems to have failed

Hd. Kooringa Section 2

Pulpara Mine

Pulpara & Caroona United Silver Ming & Mineral Co.

1888

Silver

 

 

Govt. geologist finds nothing there Burra Record 21/9/1888

ENE of Caroona  Bend Station 5 miles SE Ketchowla

Robertstown Silver Claims

 

1886

Silver

Negligible Or Nil

Shaft & pits

As for Black Hills claims; much activity but no results. Govt. geologist found a trace of silver in Moonta Cain & trace of copper in Murphy’s Claim 15-20 claims (Record of Mines 1908)

 

Robertstown Silver-Lead Mine

Robertstown Bright Silver & Lead Mine (or Mining Co.)

1912-13?

Silver

 

Shafts with drives & crosscuts

Burra Record 23/10/1912 reports find & reports progress approx. monthly trill May 1913. On 29/10/1913 it says ore being sen to Germany: then silence

 

Royal Mining Co.

Karkulto (not same as Karkulto Mine of S.A.M.A)

1851-61 intermittently

Iron & Copper

In 1857 the E&A Copper Co. removed 262 tons of ore up to Sept.

Shafts & Open Cut

Almost all work on Section 3059 Hd. Stanley.  All sections sold in 1862.  Iron sold as flux for E&A Copper Co. smelters.

E&A Copper Co. leased the mine in 1857

Hd Apoinga Section  3054, 3060 Hd Stanley 3058, 3059 1½miles Ne Black Springs

Scrubbers Camp Mine

Scrubbers Camp

Mining Co Ltd

1866-68

Copper

6 tons 20% ore

Shafts

On land which later became part of Ulooloo Goldfield Reserve

Hd. Hallett Section 649 6¼ miles NE Mt.Bryan

Sod Hut MIne

 

 

 

 

 

Mentioned in Record of Mines 1908 No other information

Near Burra

Ulooloo Copper Mine

 

1889

Copper

 

Shaft & crosscut

On 100 acres of private land which have not been traced exactly 108ft. shaft.  NO other information

Hd. Hallett Section 304 (probably) 3 miles E. Ulooloo Railway Station

Ulooloo Gold Field

 

 

Gold

Unknown: at least 5000 oz. By August 1886 £18,000 worth had passed through the Hallett Post Office

Shafts

Discovered 1870-71 First workings on Section 650 then 673 along Noltenius Creek & Coglin Creek.  Many claims worked intermittently from then on especially in times of unemployment.  Rather distant from Burra but many Burra men went there in the nineteenth century depression & some in 1930’s.

Workings were in alluvial gold

Hd. Hallett Sections 650 & 763 20 miles north of Hallett

Utica Copper Mining Co.

Duttons

Duttons Trough

Utica Copper Mining Co.

New Burra Copper Syndicate

Atica Copper MIne

1847-51

1897-1906?

 

1912-1915

 

1918?-?

 

Copper

1847-51

50 tons ore

 

1897-1906 unknown

 

1912-20 no record

Shafts, drives, open cuts 7 pits

Worked by F. H. Dutton 1847-1857

 

 

Hd. Kooringa Section 3 9¼miles SE of Burra

West Burra Copper Mining Co

 

1913-1918

Copper

26 and two thirds ton ore 7 tons 4cwt copper

Shaft crosscut & winze

Found in 1913 by W. Blott & Company formed same year. Little work after December 1916. Claim Cancelled Feb. 1919

1920 4 men worked on adjacent claim to NW No ore raised

Hd. Hanson Section 116

Wheal Motley Copper Mining Syndicate

 

1888

 

 

 

Burra Record 15/5/1888 Prospectus 10&24/7/1888 Set to begin work 23/10/1888 calls for tributers Syndicate seems t have covered 6 claims

480 acres 20 miles E of Paratoo Railway Station

Wheelbarrow Hills Silver & Lead Mining Syndicate

 

1888-89

 

 

Shaft

Burra Record 15/5/1888 Prospectus Record of Mines 1908 says a small vein in 1889 yielded 7oz/ton but was not worth developing

90 acres 3 miles north of Farrell Flat railway station on J.J. Duncan’s Gum Creek property

William’s Claim

 

1904 ?

Opal

 

Shaft

Burra Record 19/10/1904: attempt to raise money to test the claim & 13/6/06: further attempt to test the claim.

North of Millerton