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The bubble was Burra Burra, a copper bonanza. Both copper lodes lay beyond
the surveyed districts and therefore could not be bought at auction in the
customary 80-acre lots. There remained only one way to buy the few acres of
ground that ...
From 1849 Burra had its white chimney with smoke blowing like a horse's mane
on windy days as a beacon to teamsters hauling coal from Port Adelaide or to
mule teams that later carried coal from the company's new port of Port Wakefield.
The Burra company refused to open new workings in that direction lest they find
copper that excited the adjacent Bon Accord Company to search for it too. Any
find in the big mine would soon be known, Ayers lamented, 'for we cannot expect
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