The Burraga village developed as the Burraga Copper mines developed. Copper was discovered around 1877 and mining developed but was hampered by poor management and under capitalisation until he mine was purchased by Lewis Lloyd “the copper king” in 1879.
As the mine expanded, workers settled on the nearby land resulting in the reservation of a site for a village in October 1883. A village was surveyed in December 1884 and a formal plan was reserved on the 29th October 1887.
As there were no other industries to provide employment the fortunes of the village rose and fell in line with those of the associated Burraga copper mine. In 1883 it was stated that the mine employed about 200 men and that the population of Burruaga was about 500 persons including 60 children. The town had "the usual businesses" and a Post-Office and a Public School.
- ^ "Burraga". Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. http://www.gnb.nsw.gov.au/place_naming/placename_search/extract?id=KWjLwpUlJP. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- ^ Plan of the Village of Burruaga (first edition)
- ^ Osborne, I., 1975. Annual Report Compilation; Berraga Division Bathurst Sheet 1881-1972, 1883
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