History & Statistics


The City of Burnside Library is recognised for the extent of its input into the cultural wealth of the community.

Local History

Burnside Library holds an extensive collection of books, maps, original documents, photographs, pictures, and artifacts relating to the history of the Burnside council area.

School visits and informal tours of the Local History Collection are offered. For further details please contact the Library.

Burnside Historical Society

The Burnside Historical Society Inc. is a community group comprising people with an interest in Burnside's history.

Each month a guest speaker presents a talk on some aspect of Burnside's or South Australia's history, and from time to time outings to areas of historical interest are arranged for members.

Burnside Historical Society meetings are held in the Burnside Community Centre, corner Portrush Road and Fisher Street, Tusmore (car park and entrance off Fisher Street) at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of the month, unless an alternative venue is notified.

Admission is free, including supper. Visitors are most welcome.

For more information on the Burnside Historical Society, visit the Burnside Historical Society website.

Library Statistics

The City of Burnside Library has recorded:

  • More than 1,000 visitors a day
  • More than 145,000 items in the collection
  • More than 910,000 loans last year
  • Open 54.5 hours a week, every day of the week (excluding public holidays)
  • Space 2,200 square metres of floor space
  • 18.4 full time equivalent staff
  • More than 140 volunteers
  • Community Library Service provided to 400 residents

Excursions & Group Meetings

Half day excursions

Sunday 7 August, 1.30 - 4.30 pm: Mitcham Heritage Resource Centre

Sunday 2 October, 10.30 am - 12 noon: Ferguson Conservation Park

Enquiries: The Secretary, PO Box 152, Glenside SA 5065, Phone: (08) 8332 8019

Family History Group meetings

  • Thursday April 21
  • Thursday May 19
  • Thursday June 16
  • Thursday July 14
  • Thursday August 11
  • Thursday September 8

All at 6.30 in the Local History room.


Publications For Sale

Burnside Then and Now (published in Burnside's 140th year - largely pictorial) - $15

Speaking of the Past (primary source material on Burnside's history) - $5

Historic Walking Tours Pamphlets

The following self-guided historic walks have been updated in 2007 and are now available free to the public.

Historic Walking Trails