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Mount Burr, South Australia

Mount Burr
South Australia
Mount Burr
Coordinates
Population 380 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1844
Postcode(s) 5279
Elevation 67 m (220 ft)
Location 50 km (31 mi) NE of Mount Gambier
LGA(s) Wattle Range Council
State electorate(s) MacKillop
Federal Division(s) Barker

Mount Burr is a small town in the south-east of South Australia, about 12 km east of Millicent and about 50 km north-east of Mount Gambier. At the 2006 census, Mount Burr had a population of 380.[1]

Geography

The town is named after a local mountain called Mount Burr; it measures 240 metres tall (787 ft) and is one of 15 dormant or extinct volcanoes within the Limestone Coast. The mountain of Mount Burr is home to the SES 8 television transmitter, which is responsible for transmitting WIN, Seven SA, Ten SA, SBS and ABC to households across the South East of SA and Western Victoria.

History

Mount Burr was once a thriving country town, which was home to a large timber mill. The mill was the first of its kind in the region, built in 1931. It was considered a turning point for industry on the Limestone Coast. Unfortunately in late 2000 the timber mill closed leaving many employees unemployed.

The mountain was named by Governor George Grey after George Dominicus Burr, a surveyor and Professor of Mathematics at Sandhurst Military College. His son, Thomas Burr, a surveyor, accompanied Governor Grey on the expedition in 1844.

Quoted from the account of the expedition published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, vol 15, 1845: "Article III.- Account of Governor G Grey's Exploratory Journey along the South-Eastern Sea-board of South Australia. By Mr Thos. Burr, Dep Surv.-Gen." "7 May 1844: At about 2pm we made the top of a range, the principal summit of which his Excellency has done me the honour to call after my father. The Mount Burr range is about 1600 feet above the level of the sea..."

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mount Burr (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 


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