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WELCOME.

This is our media hub of all things Burnside.

A hub for local news about people, businesses and happenings in our community.

You will see some beautiful photos of Wyfield Reserve, one of Burnside's biodiversity sites, at the top right of this page.



WELCOME.

This is our media hub of all things Burnside.

A hub for local news about people, businesses and happenings in our community.

You will see some beautiful photos of Wyfield Reserve, one of Burnside's biodiversity sites, at the top right of this page.


  • Coopers Factory

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    Thomas Cooper, a shoemaker by trade, began brewing in 1862 using his wife’s family recipe. What started as a tonic for his ailing wife led him to become a brewer by accident. In 1881, he built a brewery on Statenborough Street, Upper Kensington (now Leabrook). Four of Thomas’ sons, John, Christopher, Samuel, and Stanley, inherited the business. The business operated in Leabrook until 2001, when facilities moved to a larger site at Regency Park. The Coopers brand continues today, managed by the 6th generation.

    The Leabrook factory has since been demolished and is now the site of On Statenborough retirement village.

    Pictured: The Coopers Brewery on Statenborough Street in the 1930s and then in the 1970s. Burnside Local History Collection. Courtesy of Coopers.

  • Prescott’s Farm in Rose Park - Windback Wednesday

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    William and Christian Elve Prescott arrived in South Australia with their six children in 1838. The family first lived on Rundle Street, then from 1842, leased Section 262 (Rose Park) and 275 (Toorak Gardens) from the South Australian Company.

    Their farm was bounded by what is now Fullarton Road, Kensington Road, Portrush Road and Swaine Avenue. The Prescotts grew wheat, barley, oats and hay, and later purchased a herd of dairy cattle.

    In December 1938, the last load of chaff was sold, at which time the farm was prepared for subdivision.

    This photograph was taken from what is now Watson Avenue, circa 1920. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Burnside Highlights 14 July 2021

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    Mayor Anne Monceaux with Burnside Highlights.

    Summary:
    ✅ Burnside Primary School SA NAIDOC Exhibition & Old Collegians Rugby Club Indigenous Round
    ✅ City Master Plan 'Connecting People and Places' consultation extended to 23 July
    ✅ Representation Review open until 5 August
    ✅ City of Burnside Business Awards now open
    ✅ Upcoming Regal Theatre shows including ABBA-solutely Fabulous and the Foenander Brothers.

    This is just a summary of some of the key decisions and things happening in Burnside. You can read the minutes in full here.

  • Colourful History

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    Ever wonder what an old black and white photo would look like in colour? Resident Kelly Bonato enjoys colouring old photos and has done so with yesterday's Windback Wednesday photo of Woodley House. Kelly loves to colour old photos saying it really brings them to life.

    "I have been editing and colourising what feels like hundreds of old photographs for my family, who migrated from Arbroath to Strathalbyn in the 1850s," says Kelly.

    "I I have loved getting to know my ancestors through their life stories and images

    "Like the council, I am very passionate about preserving history, and I absolutely adore old photos and the stories they tell."

    Kelly, of Magill, has volunteered to colourise more of Council's Windback Wednesday photos.

  • Woodley House - Windback Wednesday

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    State Heritage-listed Woodley House in Glen Osmond was constructed circa 1842 for Osmond Gilles (1788-1866), South Australia’s first treasurer. Built of bluestone and red brick with elaborate gables, and a large verandah featuring decorative cast-iron lace, it was initially known as the Glen Osmond Villa. After Gilles death, the property was renamed ‘Woodley’ by his brother, whose first wife was Mary Woodley Horne.

    In 1856 Gilles established a 20-acre vineyard on the property, planting mainly Shiraz, Malbec and Mataro grapes. These plantings later became part of Woodley Winery. Vigneron Horace Pridmore bought the property in 1905, extending the vineyard and building large cellars.

    Pictured: Woodley House and its vineyards in 1904. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Queen's Birthday Honour

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    A number of locals were named as recipients of Queen’s Birthday honours.

    Dr Victor Squires of Kensington Gardens received an AM for his extensive works in ecology and service to the environment. Victor said he was surprised when he found he was amongst those on the honours list. “It means a lot and I was surprised that I was given the award,” Victor said. “Very few people who work in the field of ecology get recognised like this. It was very nice that my efforts over the last 60 years have been recognised. I’m 83 now so I wasn’t expecting anything else to come about but there you go.”

    The 83-year-old has published over 20 books and worked in 35 countries and on every continent, apart from Antarctica. Outside his ecological work Victor is proud of his Moslem hat collection, which totals in the hundreds.

    Jill Swann, of Rostrevor was awarded an OAM for her work as a long time volunteer at the Art Gallery SA and at Hans Heysen’s former home The Cedars.

    Dr Richard Abbot of Dulwich received an AM for his significant service to medicine and to leukaemia research.

    Petras Bielskis of Glenside received an OAM for his service to the Lithuanian community of South Australia. He served in a number of roles in the Adelaide Lithuanian Society including as president between 1965 and 1989.

    CAPTION: Dr Victor Squires recent recipient of an AM pictured with his prize Moslem hat collection.

    Source: Adelaide East Herald

  • Gustave Adrian Barnes - Windback Wednesday

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    Gustave Adrian Barnes (1877-1921) was the Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1918 to 1921. He lived on West Terrace in Kensington Gardens in a ‘plain, unfussy’ house that he designed, with a painting studio upstairs.

    He worked as a designer, modeller, etcher and was well-known for his landscape paintings in oils and watercolours.

    Pictured here, Barnes in circa 1919 painting in Kensington Gardens.

    Burnside Local History Collection

  • William Sandovers House - Windback Wednesday

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    Constructed circa 1884, this bluestone two-storey house is located on the corner of Prescott Terrace and Kensington Road in Rose Park. The second owner, William Sandover MP (1822-1906), named the house Rosslyn in 1890.

    Horse trams, similar to the double-decker pictured here, operated in Adelaide from 1878 to 1914. Pulled by usually two horses, a trams average speed was 8 km/h. The drivers were well respected, and worked between 12 to 14 hours a day, receiving a day off every second Sunday and one week each year.

    Photograph: Circa 1885, Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Composting Champions Recognised

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    To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) in May, East Waste, Jeffries and Council ran a competition to win Jeffries compost, soil and garden products. Residents were asked to 'Take the Pledge' to compost more food scraps and compostable items by using their kitchen caddy and green bin or their home compost bin.

    Rick and his wife Deb are very committed to composting their food scraps at home in their home compost bins. They also use a kitchen caddy and green bin to compost items like meat, bones, dairy, bread, onion and citrus, along with their garden clippings.

    It makes a big difference when food scraps are composted or go in the green bin, rather than going in the red bin. Sending food waste to landfill in the red bin cost around five times more than sending it to be composted in the green bin. Further, there are excellent environmental outcomes from composting.

    Together, residents in Burnside are reducing the amount of waste going to landfill each year. Putting food waste in the green is an important part of this reduction. Click here for a list of all the items that can be placed in the green bin.

    Rick and Deb were very excited to receive the bag of Jeffries Organic Compost which they will use in their beautiful garden. Their lovely dog, Doug, was also very excited to receive the compost and will need to hold himself back from trying to eat it.

  • The Shed wins another award!

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    Each year, Parks and Leisure Australia acknowledges excellence in our industry through its prestigious Awards of Excellence. These annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of ‘the people behind the places’ which promote good use of leisure time for a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community.

    The Shed won the Parks and Leisure Australia (SA/NT) award for ‘Community Facility of the Year’. This automatically puts the project in the running for the national awards to be announced in the Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference in Sydney in September 2021.

    This adds to the other awards won by The Shed such as the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia SA (IPWEA SA) Award in November 2020 for ‘Best Public Works between $2 Million and $5 Million’, and last week’s ‘Commendation for Public Architecture’ in the Australian Institute of Architects (SA Chapter) Awards.

Page last updated: 15 October 2021, 09:00