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Burraga is located in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, 47 kilometres south west of Oberon and about 67 kilometres (42 mi) south of Bathurst. It is within Oberon Shire. At the 2016 census, Burraga had a population of 91.The Burraga village developed as the Thompsons Creek copper mine developed. Copper was discovered around 1877 and was reported on by the Inspector of Mines in 1878. Mining developed but was hampered by poor management and under capitalisation until the mine was purchased by Lewis Lloyd "the copper king" in 1879 being then known as Lloyd's Copper Mine.

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 29 October 1887. A public school opened in November 1883.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 Burraga was about 500 persons including 60 children. The town had "the usual businesses" and a Post-Office and a Public School.In 1899, Lewis sold his interest in the mine at Burraga to an English company for £100,000, and the mine became the Lloyd Copper Company Mine. Mining and smelting at Burraga had been hindered by the availability of water and fuel for the furnaces; the new owners set about solving these issues. Construction of a concrete dam on Thompson's Creek was completed in 1901 although, due to a drought, the dam did not fill with water until 1903.
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