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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
Once the railway reached Burra in 1870 many stations near the Barrier Ranges
forsook the river ports and sent their wool by bullock team to Burra. Some of their
bullock drivers and carters had once carted Burra copper or had worked in the ...
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