Organisations directory

View profiles of South Australian community museums and historical organisations. Search by keyword, organisation type, region or tagged topics to find places and collections of interest to you. Add your organisation to this directory by downloading and filling out the editable pdf form on your right and then email it back to us with the appropriate images. Or contact us for more information

Adelaide Arcade Museum

The Museum showcases Adelaide Arcade’s colourful history. Set up on the balcony level of the Arcade, explore artefacts, photographs, newspaper clippings, trinkets and even an accordion that plays the official ‘Adelaide Arcade Polka’.

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Adelaide Colonial Dancers

Founded in 1979, the Adelaide Colonial Dancers aim to preserve, revive and teach colonial dances, thus also fostering the charm of yesteryear. Colonial dances are those social dances popular in Australia from European settlement to Federation, including Polkas
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Adelaide Gaol

Step back in time at the Adelaide Gaol. Built in 1841, the Gaol is one of South Australia’s oldest original buildings. A fascinating look into prison life and conditions. Rare artefacts, interactive displays, execution sites and much more. Informative historic tours are conducted on a regular basis. Public ghost tours are also readily available. Read more about Adelaide Gaol >

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Adelaide Hills Motor Restorers Club

Formed in 1984 by a group with a common interest in preserving the machinery of our past in particular cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, stationary engines and machinery manufactured in South Australia.  The club's annual rally 'Power of the Past' is held on the first weekend in March at the Mount Barker Oval. 

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Adelaide Lithuanian Museum

Immerse yourself in Lithuanian culture and history in the only museum of its kind in Australia.  Much more than colourful costumes, the Adelaide Lithuanian Museum seeks to depict aspects of Lithuanian life and culture. Exhibits incude Lithuanian art and crafts, stamps, amber, artifacts and military items.  An extensive collection of material relating to the community in Adelaide has been preserved.

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Adelaide Masonic Centre Museum

Discover what is behind one of the most imposing facades on North Terrace, the heritage-listed Grand Lodge and learn about South Australia’s oldest organisation, the intriguing ancient society of Freemasonry. The museum displays its collections on several floors including items belonging to Australia’s most renowned inland explorer, John McDouall Stuart.

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Adelaide Northern Districts Family History Group

Based at Salisbury’s former police station, now the Salisbury TAFE Heritage Centre, the group encourages, develops and promotes the interest of researching Family History by having regular guest speakers and help nights, historical displays and lectures.

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Advance Kingscote Progess Association

Progress association with an active interest in town planning, maintenance of gardens in the town, improved facilities and heritage conservation at Kingscote, the largest town on Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s oldest settlement 

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Angaston & Penrice Historical Society

Promoting interest in the history and heritage of the Angaston and Penrice region of the Barossa Valley, the A&PHS has a small archive and photographic collection; meets monthly in the Old Union Chapel and mans the heritage listed A&H Doddridge Blacksmith Shop, one of only a few operational ‘smithies’ in existence in South Australia. 

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Annie Doolan's Cottage

At Annie Doolan’s Cottage you will learn about the early history of the cottage and the people who lived there. The building is currently managed by the Friends of Annie Doolan’s Cottage and displays a schoolroom of the 1870s, a kitchen of the 1940s and a model of Marion Village in 1949.
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Architecture Museum

A unique repository of more than 200,000 items significant to South Australia's architectural history, this University of South Australia-run research facility is open to the public and housed in a purpose-built facility at City West campus.

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Ardrossan Historical Museum

Ardrossan Historical Museum is located in the powerhouse of the former factory of Clarence H. Smith, manufacturer of agricultural equipment and the famous stump jump plough.  Learn about the Mosquito Fleet – the many ketches plying to Ardrossan; see relics from the Zanoni, which sank off Ardrossan in 1867, and much more. 

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Art Deco & Modernism Society - Adelaide Chapter

The Adelaide Chapter of the Art Deco & Modernism Society (ADMS) was launched in April 2008 with a walk around the Art Deco highlights of the Adelaide CBD. Since then an enthusiastic group has been established in the South Australian capital presenting a strong local voice on preservation issues.  

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Austbuilt Maritime Museum

A museum that celebrates Port Adelaide’s rich maritime history, it is based on the personal collection of former merchant sailor Keith Le Leu (1926-2006) and was handed over to Port Adelaide Historical Society before his death.

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Australian Army Museum of South Australia

We preserve, promote and display the military heritage of South Australia. Our Museum is located at the historic Keswick Barracks, ANZAC Highway, Keswick, Adelaide, South Australia. The Archives and Research Centre is open Wednesdays and Sundays. Volunteers develop projects and maintenance on Wednesdays.
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Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (Adelaide Branch)

Adelaide branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, which was founded to study "the working class situation ... and social history in the fullest sense", and to encourage teaching and research in labour history, and the preservation of the records of working people and the labour movement.  

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Australian Society of Archivists (South Australian branch)

The South Australian Branch, established in 1976, offers a variety of opportunities for contact with other archivists and record keepers around the State, including online at Archives Live.
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Australian Society of Magicians

Discover this piece of World War II history painted with colourful murals of clowns and magicians down South Road in Torrensville. This former air raid shelter is now used by the Adelaide branch of the Australian Society of Magicians as their clubrooms and one can view displays of photographs and posters illustrating this group's history when open for performances.  

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Australian Traditional and Bush Dance Society

Our classes are open to people of all ages. Come with a friend or on your own – you will find a warm welcome and the first night is free! All dances are walked through and the program includes Australian Bush, English, Irish, Scottish, American Contra and more. It is social dancing, easy to learn and lots of fun.

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Axel Stenross Maritime Museum

Celebrating the life of Finnish boat builders Axel Stenross and Frank Laakso, who came to Port Lincoln on the SV Olivebank in 1927, the museum is on the waterfront and staffed by volunteers. Filled with maritime history, relics and artefacts from windjammer days, it has indoor and outdoor displays, including an operating slipway, historic vessels and a blacksmith shop. 

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Ayers House Museum

Stunning Victorian mansion on Adelaide's North Terrace, designed by colonial architect Sir George Strickland Kingston, and the former home of distinguished politician and financier Sir Henry Ayers, who became premier of South Australia seven times during the nineteenth century. The collection is viewable on all three floors of the museum and is well worth a visit.  Something for everyone.

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Balaklava Museum

Discover a wealth of history on the ‘Town of Quiet Surprises’. The Centenary Hall Folk Museum follows the lives of the people from a once industrial town through to Balaklava of today, a rural commercial, medical, educational and residential centre.  The Urlwin Park site shows what made Balaklava the ‘Manufacturing Centre of the North’.
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Barossa Goldfields Historical Society

This local group of volunteers restored and maintain the 1930s stone Bowden’s Cottage on the edge of Para Wirra Recreation Park, in the foothills of the Mount Lofty ranges, complementing the national park’s Goldfields Walking trail.   The small museum inside the cottage tells the goldmining story of the area.  

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Barossa Light Horse Historical Association

The Barossa Light Horse Historical Association is an historical re-enactment troop based in Williamstown that strives to accurately portray the skills and heritage of the men who served in the Australian Light Horse during the First World War (1914-1918).

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Barossa Museum

Located in Tanunda's former Post & Telegraph building built in 1865, the museum is run by volunteers of the Barossa Valley Archives & Historical Trust and specialises in the German heritage of the area.
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Barwell Boys and Little Brothers Family and Friends Association

Formed in the late 1970s, this Association brought together the British boys who migrated to South Australia in the 1910s and 20s to participate in the State Government’s farm apprenticeship scheme. Although the original migrants have now passed on, their descendants continue to meet annually. 

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Bay Discovery Centre and Holdfast Bay History Centre

The Bay Discovery Centre and Holdfast Bay History Centre are funded by the City of Holdfast Bay to preserve, promote and interpret cultural heritage. Located at Glenelg in the former Town Hall, the Bay Discovery Centre features multimedia interpretive displays and changing exhibitions, with volunteers welcoming visitors to Adelaide’s most popular beach. The Holdfast Bay History Centre cares for the local history collection, conducts guided walks and assists people with family history research.

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Beachport Old Wool and Grain Store Museum

Housed in one of the Beachport’s oldest buildings, the Old Wool and Grain Store, the National Trust museum tells the story of the south east’s heritage including the whaling and fishing industries,  farming and features a 1920s schoolroom and  living accommodation of the early 1900s.

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Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society

Located in the Southern Flinders Ranges, it is home to one of the largest collections of farm implements, tractors, stationary engines and steam exhibits in Australia. This usually static display comes to life at the end of March, when the Booleroo Centre Steam and Traction Preservation Society hosts its annual weekend rally. At the rally visitors experience the sights, smells and sounds of a bygone era. 

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Brinkworth Historical Reserve Museum

Exquisite memorial stained-glass glass windows are a feature of the Brinkworth Museum: formerly a Catholic Church.  Permanently displayed are religious items and records of all local churches.  Enjoy documented railway history in the museum and interpreted along a town walk and the living herbarium of native flora by the museum.

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Broughton Plains Heritage Society

Based in a former football clubroom at the Wandearah Oval about 25 km south of Port Pirie, this small local history group aims to preserve the heritage of their local area. As well as conducting community history projects, they also care for a collection of vintage farm machinery.

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Bublacowie Military Museum

Set in two acres of native shrubs and trees and built on grounds of former Bublacowie school, this privately owned museum and memorial gardens contains an extensive range of military memorabilia from WW1, WW11 and the Vietnam, Korea and Gulf wars as well as other heritage items.

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Burnside Historical Society

Community-based group that promotes interest in the history of the City of Burnside, a loval government area in the eastern foothills of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.  Members can enjoy free monthly meetings at Burnside Community Centre and quarterly newsletters as well as half day or full day trips to points of historical interest; and a regional history tour every second year. 
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Bute History Group

The Bute History Group is based in the old ANZ building on the High Street, an archival repository preserving Bute and District history. Here this tiny Mid North town's district records plus photographs and historical documents relating to local family history and the town in general are stored, and is open by appointment during business hours. Read more about Bute History Group >

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Campbelltown Historical Society

Preserving the City of Campbelltown's heritage and continuing local history research, the group also provides volunteer guides for the historic house of Lochend, designed by Colonial Architect Kingston for Scottish migrant Charles James Fox Campbell who gave his name to this Adelaide suburb.
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Cape Jaffa Lighthouse

Historic lighthouse in operation from 1872-1973, it was originally situated on the Margaret Brock Reef and moved to mainland for easy access, opening as a museum in 1976. See how people lived and worked on a lighthouse.

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Captain's Cottage Museum

Beautifully restored, this late nineteenth-century cottage shows how everyday life in Murray Bridge and Districts used to be.  Housing a large collection of historic photos and memorabilia, every display tells us a different story of pioneering life from the dairy industry, to the magic of the paddle steamers. 

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Carrick Hill

The historic estate of Carrick Hill in Springfield is an important part of South Australia’s heritage and provides unique experiences for visitors of all ages – from its Edwardian style architecture, stunning interiors and valuable art collection to the formal terraced gardens, extensive rose collection to the park like grounds and natural bushland of the Mitcham area. Read more about Carrick Hill >

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Ceduna School House Museum

Consisting of the Ceduna School built in 1912, and other local buildings including the first post office and the first gaol, the museum also has a collection including aboriginal artefacts and those related to Maralinga Village where British Nuclear tests were carried out between 1956 and 1963.  Read more about Ceduna School House Museum >

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Charles Sturt Memorial Museum

Visit the ‘The Grange’ the former residence of Captain Charles Sturt and now a museum dedicated to this renowned explorer and Colonial administrator.  Built in 1840 and an example of early Colonial style architecture, it was the first house of this type in the area then known as the Reedbeds, and gave the name to the suburb in which it stands.

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City of Adelaide Preservation Trust

Non-profit organisation intent on preserving the world heritage clipper ship City of Adelaide and transporting it back to South Australia from Scotland; as well as protecting and securing the ship under cover, and on land, in Port Adelaide; and to develop an accompanying interpretive centre.

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City of Playford History Service

The City of Playford History Service is located in the Civic Centre Library and provides resources and assistance for people who are researching the history of the local area and for those interested in tracing information about their own family's history.

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