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Friday 13th July 1888: heavy snowfall reported at Burra, Mt Bryan (town) and Hallett.

I haven't produced a full report on this snowfall, rather only the newspaper accounts below that indicate the amount of snow that fell in the Burra district on this day.

I was looking for information about a photo in the State Library of South Australia's photo collection showing blanket snow cover over Burra and with the accompanying text including "Summary BURRA: Snow scene at Burra; Dates / Publication details Approximately 1889; Photographer Bentley, William. Photo B 62408". The Burra History Group has since advised me that they have a copy of the original photo with a caption indicating it was taken in 1901. A caption saying 1901 definitely trumps my evidence trail leading to 1888!

So below are the reports I found on Trove on this snowfall at Burra, Mt Bryan (presumably the town and not the mountain), and Hallett, and I'll be very interested to search more widely on Trove when time permits.

Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954), Tuesday 17 July 1888, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/97334245

{quoting snow-relevant text from longer article}

COUNTRY NEWS.
[From our own Correspondents.]
MOUNT BRYAN, July 13.
Last night was a very stormy one. A gale of wind was blowing, with heavy hail showers. This morning we had a sharp thunderstorm with hail, since which we have had a heavy fall of snow, with no sign at present of its clearing. The place is quite white, with heaps of snow against anything that has stopped it from drifting. Even the fences are white with it.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97334245
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page9624733
APA citation
COUNTRY NEWS. (1888, July 17). Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97334245 

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Terowie Enterprise (SA : 1884 - 1891), Friday 20 July 1888, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/210505808

{quoting snow-relevant part of a longer article}

BURRA.
(From our own Correspondent.)
Wednesday July 18. 1888.
A grand change has taken p ace in the weather, which for some time past had been very unfavorable. Last week copious rains set in, and over an inch was registered. A fall of snow for two or three hours also fell to the great delight of many who had not witnessed such a scene previous. The hills around here were covered for a few hours, and for the time being snow-balling was largely indulged in, and not very well appreciated by some.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210505808
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page23147094
APA citation
BURRA. (1888, July 20). The Terowie Enterprise (SA : 1884 - 1891), p. 2. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210505808 

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), Tuesday 17 July 1888, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/36026800

{quoting snow-relevant text from a longer article}

Correspondence
(From our own Correspondnets.)
HALLETT, July 14.
After a drought of over three weeks, the weather has virtually broken up ; last Thurs-day night we had both rain, hail, and snow, and at about 7 o'clock in the morning snow fell again and continued till midday, the flakes were unusually large having the appearance of white rags dropping from the sky. Huge snowballs and snow men eight feet high were to be seen everywhere when the one o'clock' train came up. A few of the Hallett folks met the train and had a rare "go in" at snow-balling with the passengers, the latter collecting and carrying portions of snow to their various destinations further north in handkerchiefs, basins, and other recepticles, to con-vince, I suppose, their friends of the sight they had witnessed. Altogether this is said to be the heaviest fall of snow Hallett has had and of longest duration. We are also having a nice lot of rain as we have had about 30 hours of it, certainly all that was wrong will be put right now.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36026800
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4743650
APA citation
Correspondence (1888, July 17). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36026800 

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This is a screen-grab of the following article as it appeared on Trove on 29th October 2016 when I prepared this item.


Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), Friday 13 July 1888, page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/36024788

{quoting snow-relevant text from a longer article}

Snowfall.— We experienced a beautiful fall of snow this morning which clad every-thing in whiteness. Such a sight is rarely, if ever before, seen here.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36024788
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4743646
APA citation
Topics. (1888, July 13). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36024788 

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