Burra Jinker Gains Provisional Heritage Listing


Burra’s 165 year old wood and iron jinker has become the first movable object to be provisionally entered in the South Australian Heritage Register.

The Jinker along with the Prince Alfred Copper Mine Precinct in the Flinders Ranges were both given provisional listing at the most recent meeting of the South Australian Heritage Council.

It is a unique relic of South Australia’s early colonial transportation.

As the underground workings of the Burra Burra Mine progressed to deeper levels, heavy inflows of water impeded underground mining operations. As a consequence, massive pumping machinery, in the form of an atmospheric beam engine and steam boilers, were ordered from Cornwall to de-water the mine workings.

At that time there were no vehicles in the colony large enough to transport this machinery the one hundred miles from Port Adelaide to the mine. The jinker was constructed in 1851 specifically for the purpose.

The 40ft long gigantic carriage was constructed by Mr Coulls, Hindley Street, and built of blue gum and iron bark wood.

The jinker was first used by the bullocky Bell Freeman in 1852 to transport the pumping machinery for Schneider’s Enginehouse which was to replace the previously installed Roach’s 60 inch diameter pumping engine.


The Great Engine for the Burra

The cylinder case of the large engine was taken from the Port on Friday, upon the immense dray we described some time ago. It’s weight is 17 tons, and it was draw by 72 bullocks.

These were places six abreast next to the vehicle, but the number swelled out in the second and third rank, then diminished again to the two leaders.

(South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal. 29 January, 1852)


In 1858, a leading bullock driver, William Woollacott used the jinker again to transport the engine for Morphett’s Pumping Engine House. This return trip took two months.

In 1936, the Burra jinker was taken to Adelaide for an exhibition of agricultural implements at the Wayville Showgrounds during Show Week, where it remained until it was returned to Burra in 1962.

Today it is housed in a specially constructed shelter in Market Street.

The Burra History Group have stated they are very pleased that the Burra Jinker is provisionally listed on the South Australian Heritage Register.

Under the Heritage Places Act 1993, any person has the right to comment on whether the provisional entry of a place in the South Australian Heritage Register should be confirmed. Objects, like the Jinker, are not subject to public comment.

The SA Heritage Council will consider all written submissions received before close of business on Friday, 4 December 2015.

Please send submissions to:
Executive Officer South Australian Heritage Council
GPO Box 1047 Adelaide SA 5001

More information is available by telephoning 8124 4951 or online at http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/Heritage/SA_Heritage_Register

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