Institute, 1874

The Town Hall, 1879
Note the Telegraph Building on the right

View of stage, from the balcony

The Burra Town Hall:

This historic building situated in Market Street, and listed in the National Heritage Register, is central to our History and Research of Burra, through the Burra History Group. However, it began life as a much more modest building, serving as the Mechanics' and Miners' Institute, which was opened in 1857. Over the nearly 20 years as the Institute, there were varied accounts as to the level of services offered and patronage from among those it was designed to assist in broadening the mind. Concerned to have a civic centre more worthy of the town, a committee was formed, funds were raised, government assistance secured and with great fanfare and many distinguished guests, the Burra Institute, built on the site of the original Institute, was opened in 1874 with aim of making it:

"... the first in general usefulness by having a well stocked library, an instructive museum, educational classes, popular lectures, and agencies in every direction, whereby the mind might be cultivated and the feelings refined."

Indeed the Burra Institute, or Town Hall as it is now called, was the focal point of Burra's community life for the next century. The Civic Room (formerly known as the Chamber Room) was the home of the Corporation of the Town of Burra from the proclamation in 1876 until its amalgamation with the District Council of Burra Burra in 1969.

If you are interested in seeing photos of past and present selected town locations, then visit the Photograph display at the hall.

The Town Hall is open for viewing between 11.00am and 3.00pm every day (unless booked for functions) except during the Summer Break from 20th December to 28th February (but can be opened under arrangement with the Burra Visitor Centre for a minimum of 4 people).

There are four Function and Meeting Rooms available for hire at competitive prices.

It is also a Movie and Events Venue

Please book at the Burra Visitor Centre

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