Burra Record

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The Burra Record was a newspaper covering Burra and the mid-north eastern area of South Australia. It has previously been titled The Burra News and Northern Mail and simply The Record.

The newspaper was purchased by Frederick Holder, future Premier of South Australia, in June 1878. Schoolmaster Holder, newly married and about to become a father, had missed out on the position in charge of the new Burra Model School. He was forced to look for other work, and took over a local store, selling books, wallpapers and homeopathic medicines. He also became Town Clerk and bought the Record from Henry Pether.

Initially the newspaper was run by a committee. Holder was managing editor, but three colleagues scrutinised the subject matter. Holder was successful in the new venture, and was one of many newspaper owners who followed their political views in print by standing for Parliament. In 1887 Holder was elected the member for Burra, continuing to run the newspaper until 1891. In 1892 he became premier, having sold the Burra Record to William Jenkin Davey.

The Burra Record continued until March 1977 when, with the Orroroo Enterprise, the newspaper was taken over by the Port Pirie Recorder to become the Review-Times-Record. At the time of its demise, the Burra Record was run by Messrs R.E. and A.J. Angel.

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