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South Australia (SA), Australia


Burra is a pastoral centre and historic tourist town in the mid-north of South Australia, only 154 kms north of Adelaide. It lies east of the Clare Valley in the Bald Hills range, part of the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, and on Burra Creek. The town began as a single company mining township that, by 1851, was a set of townships collectively known as "The Burra". The Burra mines supplied 89% of South Australia's and 5% of the world's copper for 15 years, and the settlement has been credited with saving the economy of the struggling new colony of South Australia. The Burra Burra Copper Mine (also known as "The Monster Mine") was established in 1848 mining the copper deposit discovered in 1845. Miners and townspeople migrated to Burra primarily from Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and Germany. The mine first closed in 1877, briefly opened again early in the 20th century and for a last time from 1970-1981.

When the mine was exhausted and closed the population shrunk dramatically and the townships, for the next 100 years, supported pastoral and agricultural activities. Today the town continues as a centre for its surrounding farming communities and, being one of the best-preserved towns of the Victorian era in Australia as a historic tourist centre.

Among photographers Burra is well known for its abandoned farmhouse. The abandoned farmhouse near Burra was first photographed by famous Australian landscape photographer Ken Duncan. After that a lot of photographers go on their pilgrimage to that place. It's located 3 km north of Burra, on the Barrier Highway, just next to the road. The best time for photographing it is the second part of the day and sunset of course.