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F111 arrives at SA Aviation Museum

March 22, 2013

The South Australian Aviation Museum in Port Adelaide has become the first in Australia to take delivery of a former RAAF F111 jet bomber. The retired jet – which can reach speeds up to two-and-a-half times the speed of sound – arrived at the Port Adelaide museum on Monday 18 March. It left Amberley RAAF Base […]

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Cocky is the Face (book) of Angaston’s old smithy

March 18, 2013

A little bird told me that one of Angaston’s historic icons has just got a Facebook page. A cockatoo has become the unofficial spokes ‘person’ for the A&H Doddridge Blacksmith’s shop in Angaston, steeped in history with over 130 years of blacksmithing at this site and one of only a few operational ‘smithies’ in existence […]

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Flying Visit to the South-east

March 14, 2013

This week Pauline and I made a flying visit to three CMP museums, with a bouncy descent into Mount Gambier seeing us emerge onto the tarmac into a very hot early evening and a swarm of bees at the terminal door. Picking up our hire car we headed off for an evening meeting with members […]

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Community Heritage Grants Program 2013 Now Open

March 6, 2013

Applications for the 2013 Community Heritage Grants funding round are now open. The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant […]

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Bravest of the Brave is now in Port Pirie

March 5, 2013

History SA/Veterans SA’s travelling exhibition Bravest of the Brave,which tells the moving stories of the eight South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War, has now arrived at Port Pirie.   It was kindly transported from the Port Lincoln RSL Museum by a relative of the president and set up by four volunteers at […]

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Launch at Scholz Park Museum

February 26, 2013

New interpretive displays at Scholz Park Museum in Riverton were officially opened on Sunday 24 February by the museum’s president and secretary, John Glistak before a group of enthusiastic locals.  Also attending were the creative team who carried out the work, designer Peter Templeton and consultant historian Geoff Speirs; as well as History SA’s Community […]

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Frisque opens at Ayers House Museum

February 25, 2013

In conjunction with this year’s Adelaide Fringe, a new display opened last night in the state dining room of historic Ayers House, the former 19th century family home of Sir Henry Ayers, distinguished politician, financier and Premier of South Australia. Frisque is a unique exhibition featuring beautiful items of corsetry, underwear and nightwear from the […]

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Lots to see in Loxton

February 22, 2013

This week Amanda and I drove the 250 km or so to the Riverland to visit Loxton Historical Village, one of the 61 museums on our Community Museums Program.  We had arranged to meet with Tracy Bye, Tourism Manager for Loxton Waikerie council who is responsible for the management of this unique open air museum […]

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Changes at Gawler Museum

February 13, 2013

I haven’t been to see the Gawler Museum for a few years, so it was great earlier this week to see the changes that have been made.  Last time I was at the museum the section under the mezzanine floor was partitioned off and used for an uninviting work and crowded storage area and there […]

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How do I conserve my War Memorabilia?

February 8, 2013

With the ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 approaching, Australians will look back and reflect on our role in past wars and conflicts.  There are many significant items belonging to families and organisations that are poignant reminders of the invaluable contributions that so many Australians made. These items, whether humble or heroic, are often in need of care […]

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Bravest of the Brave is now in Port Lincoln

February 8, 2013

History SA/Veterans SA’s travelling exhibition Bravest of the Brave, which tells the moving stories of the eight South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War, has now arrived in Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula.  It was packed up and transported to its new venue at the RSL Clubrooms on Hallett Place […]

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Beer Barons or Bankrupts?

February 8, 2013

Only two major breweries now exist in South Australia both with histories of 150 years or more.  However did you know that there were numerous small breweries operating throughout the State from settlement in 1836 to the mid-1950s?  A new book has recently been published which tells the fascinating story of these early brewers, explaining […]

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National Railway Museum is 50!

February 6, 2013

The National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide recently launched an exciting program of events to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.  A launch party was held at the museum on Friday 25 January which was attended by many long-time supporters, members, volunteers and previous staff from the museum as well as several distinguished guests. Museum […]

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Three Cheers for Bubble Wrap!

February 1, 2013

I’m always on the lookout for anniversaries and national observances to help get the conversation going in our social media networks.  There seems to be something for everything – even Bubble Wrap!  Apparently the last Monday of January is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, originally the brainchild of an FM radio station in Indiana dating back […]

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A Whiff of Christmas

December 3, 2012

Last Friday I returned to Stirling’s Coventry Library in the Adelaide Hills where I’d set up the travelling display Bravest of the Brave in November to attend the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society’s Christmas gathering.  It was a great blend of my two favourite subjects – food and women’s history. Culinary historian Allie Reynolds gave […]

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Grants Announced for Community Museums

November 29, 2012

History SA’s annual Community Museums Program grant fund has been decided!  This year 23 museums from around the state will benefit from grants of up to $13,250 each.  Funding has been allocated to a diverse range of projects including historical interpretation using digital technologies, provision of storage facilities, and development of curriculum resources for schools. All […]

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Workshop inspires About Time event organisers

November 21, 2012

A workshop for potential About Time event organisers was held at the City of Charles Sturt Civic Centre in Woodville on Tuesday 20 November. History SA’s About Time team, Mandy Paul and Karen Blackwood assisted by volunteer John Connolly put together a very useful and inspiring program in readiness for next year’s history festival in May. […]

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A Moving Remembrance Day Service

November 13, 2012

Like many others, I attended a Remembrance Day service last Sunday.  I could have attended any number of services around Adelaide on 11 November, the day we remember on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, those members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. For example, […]

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BoB heads for the Hills

November 12, 2012

Bravest of the Brave, a joint history SA/Veterans SA touring exhibition telling the stories of the eight South Australian men who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War is now at Stirling’s Coventry Library in the Adelaide Hills until 9 December under the auspices of the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society. This […]

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Old Highercombe Hotel Museum officially receives their Accreditation

November 6, 2012

Old Highercombe Hotel Museum officially received their Accreditation certificate last week at a morning tea celebrating their achievement. History SA’s Community History Officer, Pauline Cockrill presented Gill Starks from the management committee with their long awaited certificate before a gathering of volunteers, long-time supporters and representatives from the local council and State government. Old Highercombe […]

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Reunion of Solway descendants on Kangaroo Island

November 1, 2012

There was an historic event for South Australia on Kangaroo Island recently when a reunion of the descendants of the families that arrived there 175 years ago on the sailing ship Solway took place. The Solway, a 3-masted, wooden sailing ship of 337 imperial tons, left the German port of Hamburg, on 3 June 1837 […]

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New book on life of William Cade, founding conductor of ASO

October 23, 2012

A biography of William Cade (1883-1957), the founding conductor of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra was launched last week at the Grainger Studio in Hindley Street, the home of the ASO. The new book, called The Flying Conductor was written by his granddaughter Avril Dalby, and part-funded by a History SA 2011-12 South Australian History Fund. As […]

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Memories in stitches

October 19, 2012

Today I went along to support volunteers Di and Marg from the Embroiderers’ Guild of SA Museum who were taking part in the Open Day at Resthaven Aged Facility in Malvern. Their newly created ‘Memory Box’ was having its first public airing. Their box contained a variety of embroidered items mainly from the first half […]

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St John Ambulance Museum has a new home!

October 17, 2012

The St John Ambulance Museum has moved from its old building, a 1969 ambulance depot when St John ran the ambulance service in South Australia, to a new address.  Located in a charming cottage quite close to the St John State Office headquarters, the museum is now at 72 Edmund Avenue, Unley. The interior of […]

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BOB is now in Two Wells

October 16, 2012

History SA/Veterans SA’s travelling exhibition Bravest of the Brave, which tells the moving stories of the 8 South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War, has now arrived at its third venue.  State Member for Schubert, Ivan Venning kindly transported the touring display to Two Wells RSL this week from Crystal Brook […]

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32nd Bay to Birdwood Run

September 30, 2012

Almost 1300 entries in the 32nd Bay to Birdwood Run gathered at Barratt Reserve on Adelaide Shores along with around 5000 spectators in the early morning of Sunday 30 September for the start of what is described as the world’s largest most continually held historic motoring event. Before the official start the spectators joined the […]

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UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register 2013

July 23, 2012

Nominations have opened for the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. The Australian Register, founded in 2000, is part of the international Memory of the World, a UNESCO program aimed at preserving and providing access to valuable archival holdings and library collections around the world. There are currently 37 collections inscribed on the Australian […]

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Southern Fleurieu Museum setting up at Port Elliot

July 9, 2012

Last week I caught up with Peter, Roger, Colin and Lindsay at the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum, to have a chat about some collection management issues. The museum is fairly new and while much of the existing collection comes from a few local sources, since opening their premises on the Port Elliot showgrounds they are […]

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Australia’s Premier History Conference comes to Adelaide

June 19, 2012

The Australian Historical Association Conference will be held on the North Terrace campus of the University of Adelaide from 9 to 13 July 2012. This is Australia’s premier history conference and comes to Adelaide only once every decade or so and features many of the country’s leading historians. The full program for the conference is now available […]

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Finding out what’s in store at Hindmarsh

June 14, 2012

Yesterday I was involved in a Working Bee at History SA’s store at Hindmarsh along with the Community History Unit curators Mandy and Jude as well as the Migration Museum curators Catherine and Vedrana. It offered a good opportunity to share here some basic collection management issues that might be of help to those working […]

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Loxton Village Alive Day

June 13, 2012

The Loxton Historical Village Alive Day was held on the Sunday 10th June 2012 and we had a hugely successful, fun filled day. The atmosphere was great and we had hundreds of happy, smiling faces wandering through the displays! The warmer weather had people out in their droves and when you combine great weather with […]

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Sheep’s Back Museum Celebrates Achievements

May 23, 2012

On 4 May The Sheep’s Back Museum celebrated several major achievements with the official opening of their new exhibition gallery, collection store and workroom and their re-accreditation in the Community Museums Program. John Hill, Minister for the Arts, officiated at the event, which was very well attended by locals and representatives from other local museums. […]

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