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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.


  • Windback Wednesday - Glen Osmond Walking Race

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    In the early 1900s, Australia entered ‘The Walking Craze’ and competitive walking events were scheduled weekly across the country.

    This photograph shows the scenes of Glen Osmond along the route of a 22 kilometre walking race between 22 share brokers in 1903. A crowd of over 2,500 people watched the share brokers when they walked through the city. The winner was N. Cox, who won with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 21 seconds.

    Photograph: Glen Osmond Walking Race 1903. State Library of South Australia, B 8338.

  • New Art Therapy Program in Burnside Community Centre

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    Burnside Community Centre is excited to offer a new art therapy program to residents that will improve their wellbeing and develop their art skills, beginning from May 4.

    Run by local artist Eksha, the 10-week course will allow participants to work with watercolours to paint abstract flower settings to reduce anxiety, increase creativity and alleviate stress.

    Eksha has been painting for many years and has found art to be a calming influence during difficult times. This includes during the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, when she experienced depression and anxiety while her husband was stuck overseas and could not be with her and their two young children.

    Eksha's goal now is to serve the community through art, which she hopes will help people to feel more in control of their lives and relieve anxiety and depression.

    The Art Therapy sessions will occur every Wednesday 3 pm - 4 pm from 4 May to 6 July. You can book your place at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/art-therapy-in-the-corner-room-tickets-309211097717


  • Windback Wednesday - Stonyfell House

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    Stonyfell House was originally a three-roomed cottage constructed in 1838 of creek stone and timber. Stonyfell Vineyards founder Henry Clark and his business partner Joseph Crompton purchased the house in 1858. It was a much-loved family home, remaining in the Crompton family for several generations until 1978. It is local heritage listed and remains standing today.

    The area of Stonyfell was named by Annie Montgomery Martin, the fiancée of Henry Clark. A ‘fell’ is a term used for barren or uncultivated high ground.


    Photograph: View of Stonyfell House and outbuildings, Stonyfell circa 1915. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Burnside Highlights 13 April 2022

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    Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux brings you the Burnside Highlights for this week, with a number of updates for you:

    ✅ Council voted in favour of creating a permanent memorial plaque in memory of Bob Parr at The Regal Theatre
    ✅ Burnside Community Centres Fit and Fab class raised $1,500 to support flood victims in NSW and Qld
    ✅ George Bolton Swimming Centre Burnside and Tusmore Wading Pool closed for the season from Monday May 2
    ✅ Anzac Day dawn service will return to the Burnside District Fallen Soldiers' Memorial at Rose Park.

    To find out more information and receive the latest updates about what's going on in Burnside, sign up to engage.burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • Windback Wednesday - Glynburn Road Post Office

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    Did you know? The first mail delivery in Australia is believed to have taken place in July 1803 in Sydney.

    Postal services in Burnside were initiated circa 1863 by Joseph Lockwood and were conducted from his store on the corner of High Street and Lockwood Road until in 1903 the Post Office on Glynburn Road was built by the Federal Government. The Glynburn Road Post Office is a solid red-brick building with a bull-nosed verandah and timber eaves that incorporate a Flemish bond brick pattern. Service transactions were originally made through a window that opened onto the verandah.

    Photograph: Burnside Post Office, 1956. Burnside Local History Collection.


  • Windback Wednesday - St Saviour's Church eucalyptus tree

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    Have you seen this 154-year-old eucalyptus tree in front of St Saviour's Church? This tree was planted by John Henry Wiles in 1868 to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh to Glen Osmond. John Wiles was the manager of Hardy’s Glen Osmond quarry and later an inspector for Burnside Council. The tree is still standing in front of St Saviour’s Church on the corner of Portrush Road and has a plaque beneath it to commemorate its significance.

    Photograph: The eucalyptus tree near the entrance of St Saviour's Church, Glen Osmond in 1923. State Library of South Australia PRG 280/1/36/155.

  • Windback Wednesday - Lucy Grace Lillywhite

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    Lucy Grace Lillywhite of ‘Perroomba’ Wattle Park was the third Australian woman, and second South Australian, to receive the prestigious Florence Nightingale Scholarship. This scholarship is designed for nurses and midwives and funds scholars’ training, research and professional development. In 1938, Lucy headed for London to undertake study in postgraduate nursing and hospital administration at Bedford College. Lucy’s plans to return to Adelaide in 1939 were abandoned when she was diagnosed with tuberculosis on a visit to Norway. As her health deteriorated in hospital, she observed the outbreak of World War II before passing away in 1942.

    Learn more about Lucy’s story in the ‘Local History Corner’ at www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Latest-News/History-Corner/Lucy-Grace-Lillywhite

    Photograph: Lucy in nurse’s uniform, circa 1938.


  • Burnside Highlights 23 March 2022

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    Mayor Anne Monceaux brings you the Burnside Highlights for this week, with a number of updates for you:


    ✅ James Stevens MP and Mayor Anne Monceaux opened the revamped Tusmore Wading Pool last Wednesday
    ✅ Harmony Week celebrations this week
    ✅ 79 new citizens to be welcomed next week
    ✅ Fitness in the Parks returning 5 April.

    To find out more information and receive the latest updates about what's going on in Burnside, sign up to engage.burnside at www.engage.burnside.sa.gov.au

  • Windback Wednesday - Susan Mary Crompton

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    Susan Mary Crompton née Clark (1846-1932) emigrated to Australia with her family in 1850 from England. In 1852, the Clark family purchased property east of the city of approximately 45 acres, which included what is now the suburb of Hazelwood Park. The family named their home Hazelwood after a boy’s school in Birmingham.

    In 1866, Susan married vigneron Joseph Crompton and the couple lived at Tower House, Beaumont and later moved to a property in Stonyfell. Susan worked with her sister Caroline Emily Clark on the ‘boarding out system’ for destitute children and sat on the committee of the State Children’s Council. During World War One she was appointed a justice of the peace, one of the first South Australian women to be chosen for this position.

    Photographs: Studio portrait of Susan Mary Crompton, 1930 and Susan at the Hazelwood property, circa 1870. Burnside Local History Collection.

  • Harmony Week Heroes - Swee Wu

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    To celebrate Harmony Week this year, we caught up with some of our volunteers from varying backgrounds who are doing their part to make the City of Burnside a better place to live. Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

    Following a lengthy career as a nurse and a midwife, Swee Wu remains dedicated to helping those in need through her voluntary role with the City of Burnside.

    As a volunteer at the Community Centre’s reception desk since 2017, Swee has handled a wide range of enquiries and said she loves to help residents reach the services they need.

    “People ask for all sorts of information here, from support at home to help with cleaning their gutters or how to get involved with an event,” Swee said.

    “My role is to help them get to where they want to be and ensure they achieve a positive outcome.

    “I really get to know the community first-hand and see a lot of familiar and friendly faces here each week, which I love.”

    Swee also directly supports Kana Nathan’s Senior’s Fit and Fab classes by assisting aging residents who have arrived to participate.

    “I make sure they reach the right room for their class and check to ensure we are within the COVID density limit,” Swee said.

    “I really admire them for making the effort to come here and support their health and wellbeing.”

    Swee said the transition from her role as a nurse and midwife to volunteering took some time to adjust to, but she quickly grew to love her work at the City of Burnside.

    “From my past career I am very used to a fast pace of work. Sometimes it can get busy here too, so it’s good to have that past experience!”

    Harmony Week runs from Monday 21 March to Sunday 27 March. To find out more, go to www.harmony.gov.au.




Page last updated: 23 Sep 2022, 09:31 PM