Local History Room



The Local History Room holds an extensive collection of books, maps, original documents, photographs, pictures, and artefacts relating to the history of the Burnside council area.

For further details please contact the Library.

Local History

The Burnside council area has a rich history dating back to 1839. General information relating to the local history can be found on the Burnside website. Here are some usual links;

150 Year History E-Book


Historic Walking Trails

Our City Logo & Crest

Our Early Beginnings

Significant Dates in Burnside’s History

Street Names & Origins

Heritage & Historical Attractions

Further information can be researched in the Local History Room at the Burnside Library. Staff are available to assist with personal and curriculum based research. 


The following publications are useful resources when researching the history of the Burnside area;

Warburton, E. (1981). The Paddocks Beneath, -  Available to view in the Burnside Library's Local History Room.   

Burnside Then and Now (published in Burnside's 140th year) - Available to purchase from the Library for $5

Speaking of the Past (primary source material on Burnside's history) -  Available to purchase from the Library for $5

Historic Walking Trails Booklets - Available online on the City of Burnside's website

Burnside Historical Society

The Burnside Historical Society Inc. is a community group comprising people with an interest in Burnside's history. The Society was established in 1980 and has a membership of around 150 people. New members are welcome.

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.

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. Admission to the meeting is free, including supper. Visitors are most welcome.

Next meeting 

Mon 15 October 2018, 7.30 pm

Muriel Matters, Presented by Francis Bedford

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.


The Burnside Historical Society produces a quarterly newsletter containing Society news and notices, summaries of meetings and articles of historical interest. The latest and previous newsletters can be found in the Local History Room or on the website here.  

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