|• Land||112.9 ha (279.0 acres)|
Burnside was originally part of a farm, approximately 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) in size, owned by the early settler William Boag (1828-1904), who arrived in 1851 from Perthshire. It was named for the small creeks that formed the headwaters of the Waimairi Stream. The name Burnside was made official by the Waimairi County Council in 1959, although Burnside Road had been renamed Memorial Avenue in 1950.
For the first hundred years of European settlement, the area in and around Burnside was farmland, with sheep, cattle and orchards occupying the land.
- Burnside Primary School opened in 1956.
- Burnside High School opened in February 1960.
- Kendal School opened in 1961.
- Isleworth School opened at the beginning of 1962.
- Cobham Intermediate, named initially Fendalton Intermediate, opened in 1963.
- Roydvale School opened in 1967.
- Christ the King Primary School.
- "2013 Census QuickStats about a place: Burnside". archive.stats.govt.nz. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
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- Harper, Margaret (July 2011). "Christchurch Place Names" (HTML). Christchurch City Libraries. p. 36. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- O’Connor, Paul (2009). Choosing the Right Path: Burnside High School 1960-2010. Christchurch: Silver Fox Publishing. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-473-15685-5.