The Salvation Army commenced in Burra in February 1884, less than seven years after its formal launch under that name in London.

After initial opposition, its numbers grew to a point where, in May 1885, members were able to build the Citadel in Kingston Street, Kooringa.

Here are some extracts from The Burra Record in relation to the Salvation Army:-

V, 313, 19 Feb. 1884, page 2

Salvation Army. On Friday the ‘War Cry’ was heard in Burra streets for the first time. On Saturday there were reinforcements in the person of Staff Captain Thurmann and several Lieutenants who opened their campaign on the hill near the state school. The United Methodist Church meeting was held at the pump as usual. The Salvationists went to Paxton Square. Rev. S. Knight and other speakers at the pump expressed their willingness to co-operate with the Salvationists at their Saturday night meetings. The battle was rejoined on Sunday.

V, 314, 22 Feb. 1884, page 2

The Salvation Army has obtained the land on which John Sampson’s auction mart stands and intends to build there a Barracks. They are attracting large crowds nightly in the square.

V, 315, 26 Feb. 1884, page 2

The Salvation Army have taken over the old Church of England on Limestone Hill and had three large congregations there on Sunday. They have use of the old building pending the erection of the Barracks.

V, 346, 17 June 1884, page 2

The Salvation Army, not being allowed any longer to rent the old church, are holding their meetings in the open air.

V, 349, 27 June 1884, page 2

Salvation Army. The article from the Clare correspondent indicates a hostile reaction to the Salvation Army and regards them as a common nuisance in the town: ‘parading the streets, and making night hideous’.

VI, 359, 1 Aug. 1884, page 2

The Salvation Army packed out the Bible Christian Church for a monster meeting last Tuesday. The object was to raise money for a new Barracks. Speakers were Major Thurman and his wife from Adelaide, Staff Officer Hendy from Victoria and Staff Officer Jones from Gawler.

VI, 414, 113 February 1885, Page 2

Salvation Army Barracks. There is a one column report on the laying of the foundation stone for the new barracks last Wednesday. At 3 p.m. a procession was formed in Market Square led by Major Thurman, Staff-Officer Jones and Captain Prowse and the band and they then marched to the Kingston St site. After hymns and a prayer the Mayor, John Dunstan jnr, laid the stone. He was glad the treatment of the ‘Army’ in Burra had lacked the violence and antagonism displayed elsewhere, at least to any great extent. He then went on to deprecate the ‘despicable action of a certain section of the Clare people’.

VI, 432, 17 April 1885, page 2

The Salvation Army opened their new barracks in Burra yesterday. The corps marched to the railway station to meet the first Adelaide train and Major Thurman, Staff-Captain Oldham, Staff-Captain Hendy, Lieutenant Ward, and others. The whole then marched back to Kooringa, band playing and colours flying. An open-air service followed at the pump and then tea in the new barracks. The hall was crowded to capacity in the evening. Staff-Captain Hendy opened the meeting. The Wesleyans had given them the land and the cost from Messrs Sara and Dunstan had been £582-0-9 and the present debt was £437, but seats and other conveniences would increase that to £500. The building in Kingston Street is large and substantial, if plain. The room is 60’ x 45’ x 18’ high. Acoustic properties seem good and ventilation is sufficient. The doors need attention. In the event of fire there are three doors and the hall could be emptied quickly, but they slide and in a panic with pressure against them they would be immovable.