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

Mary Mackillop Museum

Located 15 minutes from Adelaide city is the site where St Mary MacKillop lived for eleven years. Visit the Chapel she had built. View the Exhibition which covers the social works she commenced in Adelaide in the 1860s. Learn about her movements while a resident of Adelaide and Kensington.

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Mary MacKillop Penola Centre

Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint, started her first school in Penola in 1866.  At the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre you will learn about her life and work and visit the historic Schoolhouse where she taught.  The story of Father Julian Tenison Woods, priest and scientist, is also told at the Centre.

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Melrose Heritage Museum

Discover this area’s unique history featuring the Nukunu Aboriginal people, European settlement from 1844, copper mining, police and judiciary, Goyder’s Line and stories of the First and Second World Wars. 

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Migration Museum

One of the three museums run by History SA, the Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities.
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Milang Railway Museum

Located on the site of the closed Milang railway station, on the banks of Lake Alexandrina, the original station buildings have been restored.  The tracks are now home to South Australian wagons and coaches with contain photographic and actual exhibits, describing the history of Milang and its railway.

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Military Historical Society of Australia (SA Branch)

Formed in 1966, the South Australian Branch of the Military Historical Society of Australia meets monthly at the Keswick Barracks on Anzac Highway.  Other events are also organised during the year and members receive the quarterly journal of the MHAA and have opportunity to attend their biennial conference.

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Mill Cottage Museum

An old pioneer home built in 1866 for Joseph Kemp Bishop which stayed in the same family for nearly a hundred years.  Now owned by the City of Port Lincoln Council and curated by the Southern Eyre Peninsula Family & Local History Group, it is one of Port Lincoln’s few remaining early buildings and is in the beautiful setting of Flinders Park.

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Millicent Living History Museum

Telling the story of Millicent town and district from pre-settlement times, the museum is based in a large complex via the Visitor Information Centre and includes a Shipwreck room, a large machinery shed, some beautiful costumes and arguably the best collection of horse drawn vehicles in Australia. 

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MLC / Annesley College Old Scholars’ Archival Collection

The Old Scholars’ archival collection is housed in the Patchell Library Historical Centre, first proposed in 1964 but finally established in 1991.

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Moculta District History Society

The Moculta District History Society promotes the history and heritage of the Moculta district in the Barossa Valley and meets bi-monthly at Moculta Primary School. 

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Moonta Branch, National Trust of South Australia

The Moonta Branch of National Trust SA was established in 1964 to preserve the local mining history, buildings and artifacts and to conserve the heritage listed Moonta Mines area for future generations. From humble beginnings the branch has grown to become one of the largest in SA and its dedicated band of volunteers now look after seven different venues.
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Morris Register of SA

Originally the Morris 8/40 Club, formed in 1973, we became the Morris Register in 1978 and is the oldest Morris Register in Australia.

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Mount Barker Local History Centre

The Mount Barker Local History Centre is located at the Mount Barker Community Library and contains an extensive collection of material of use to both local and family history researchers that relates to the area covered by the District Council of Mount Barker and surrounding areas.

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Mount Gambier History Group

Sharing a former school building with other community groups, the Mount Gambier History Group aims to locate, preserve and promote the built heritage, local history and family history of Mount Gambier and surrounding districts. 
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Mount Gambier Old Courthouse

Mount Gambier Branch, National Trust of South Australia manages the Courthouse Museum.  Built in 1865, the courthouse is used to tell aspects of Mount Gambier’s legal history, including the staging of occasional ‘mock trials’ for visitors. 

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Mount Gambier RSL War Museum

Visit our extensive war museum inside Mount Gambier’s RSL Club, with its displays and relics representing the many overseas conflicts in which Australians have been involved in both the past and present.

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Mount Horrocks Historical Society

The Mount Horrocks Historical Society was formed in 1983 to preserve, record and research the history of the area from Sevenhill to Leasingham (now including Auburn and Undalya) in South Australia.  It owns and maintains John Horrocks Cottage, the oldest stone building north of Gawler. 
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Mount Laura Homestead Museum

Complex of buildings including 1922 sheep station homestead telling the story of the early days of Whyalla, an original BHP workman’s cottage of 1914, an engine shed and the Telecommunications Museum with a range of historic items from the overland telegraph era to modern satellite communications. 

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Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society

The Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society has its own Local & Garden History Centre inside the award-winning Coventry Library in Stirling, providing a wealth of information about the history of the area. Volunteers are available to assist people with inquiries in afternoons when the Library is open and also run a public program of events throughout the year. 

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Mount Pleasant District History Room

Located in Mount Pleasant's Soldiers' Memorial Hall, the History Room contains a collection of archives and photographs relating to the previous Mount Pleasant District Council region, and includes the townships of Palmer, Tungkillo, Mount Pleasant, Springton and Eden Valley.
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Mount Torrens & District Community Association

Encouraging the preservation of the buildings, sites and environs of our historic State Heritage Listed town of Mount Torrens in the Adelaide Hills and improving the town's amenities.

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Murray Bridge & District Historical Society

The society aims to record, preserve and add to the substantial current local history collection for future generations to access; to answer enquiries from persons researching family history; and to save and preserve buildings and artifacts of historical significance.

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Murray Bridge Roundhouse

Located in the heart of the city adjacent to the bridges the Roundhouse was the first substantial building in Murray Bridge.  It has historical significance with the early development of Murray Bridge, as it served as a School, Post Office, Church and Council Chambers.

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Mylor Heritage Society

Formed to document, save, conserve and restore Mylor's built and physical heritage (where feasible), the Mylor Heritage Society aims to make tangible history available to the public and to provide education and training in these areas.  Read more about Mylor Heritage Society >

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Mylor History Group

Established in 2006,  Mylor History Group gathers information about Mylor's past, principally by recording oral histories but also collects documents, photographs, films, artefacts and other ephemera.
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Myponga Historical Society

The Myponga's Historical Society is collating photographs and other historical information relating to the Myponga district.
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Nangwarry Forestry & Logging Museum

An historical display of timber handling machinery from log to mill presented alongside memorabilia and photographs of the Nangwarry community from the inception of the township. View DVDs of logging in the SE from 1927 to the present day and discover the effects of the 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfire on the SE logging industry. Read more about Nangwarry Forestry & Logging Museum >

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Narratives of War Research Group

Based at the University of South Australia's School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, the Narratives of War (NOW) research group has been working as a collaborative research concentration since 2006.  The group is an interdisciplinary group which allows each member to conduct research in their own area of interest but with an overall focus on the representation of war, peace, conflict and reconciliation in the aftermath of conflict

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National Archives of Australia

The National Archives' Adelaide office shares a reading room with the State Records of South Australia. Researchers can access Commonwealth, State and local government records at the one location.
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National Military Vehicle Museum

The museum is operated on a voluntary basis by members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Society of South Australia. The Society is one of many Military Vehicle Clubs across Australia and throughout the world and is dedicated to the preservation of vehicles that are of military origin. 

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National Railway Museum

Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators. Climb into the cabs of giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages, enjoy free train rides, and interactive and educational displays.
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National Trust of South Australia

The National Trust of South Australia manages historic sites, natural reserves, important museums and folk history collections. The State Office is located at Beaumont House, built in 1849, and the former home of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Augustus Short, and later Sir Samuel Davenport, politician, horticulturist and founder of South Australia's olive oil industry. 

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Noarlunga Volunteer Rifles

The Noarlunga Volunteer Rifles Unit was re-formed in 1992 by members of the Southern Rangers Blackpowder Club situated in the Noarlunga area to recreate for an important part of the Southern area's history using historically accurate uniforms, rifles and accoutrements.

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Norwood Payneham & St Peters Cultural Heritage Centre

The purpose-designed Heritage Centre, located within the St Peters Town Hall Complex, provides interested researchers with access to the Council's significant archival collection.

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Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy

Providing a fascinating insight into outback town of Coober Pedy, the Mine’s extensive interpretive displays, historical memorabilia and the two underground dug-outs, fitted out exactly as they were in the 1920s and 70s, enable visitors to learn about the history and unique culture in a fun, interactive and informative way.  

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Olivewood

Originally designed as a log cabin for Canadian Charles Chaffey, younger brother of George and WB Chaffey who established the pioneering irrigation and fruit growing area of Renmark, this 1880s wooden-floored house is furnished from this period. The property remains a working orangery and the orchard is fully operational, including its famous olive trees.

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Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum

Many Australian households have an Onkaparinga blanket or rug. Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum is a collection of memorabilia from the mill that made those blankets and rugs.  The looms, winders and one hundred years of records can be seen in the museum.   Read more about Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum >

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Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum

Telling the stories of the development of the soldier settlement scheme on Kangaroo Island in the early 1950s, the museum was established in 2001 with funding from a Centenary of Federation grant.  It is based in the Returned Service’s League Hall, dedicated as a memorial to Soldier Settlement. 

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Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum

Run by the Penneshaw branch of the National Trust of South Australia, the museum is housed in the former Hog Bay School dating from the 1920s and displays information and artefacts regarding the maritime and folk history of the Dudley Peninsula. 

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Peterborough Local History Rooms

The Peterborough History Group are based at the former Peterborough Times Printing office built in 1887.  Read more about Peterborough Local History Rooms >

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Peterborough Motorcycle and Antique Museum

Admire the fastrack, or stroll down memory lane with a unique collection of rare and interesting motorcycles and artefacts housed in a former Baptist Church.  Our B&B offers a delightful stopover and time to view the historic town of Peterborough.  Read more about Peterborough Motorcycle and Antique Museum >

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Pichi Richi Railway

Pichi Richi Railway is a heritage tourist railway and operating museum, running regular heritage train journeys on the oldest remaining section of the famous narrow-gauge old Ghan railway. Pichi Richi Railway is based at Quorn, in South Australia's Flinders Ranges. Trains depart from Quorn and Port Augusta.

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