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

South Australian Whale Centre

Located in 150 year old former railway goods shed, now a heritage listed building. There is plenty to discover across three floors of the interpretive centre.  You will experience a variety of unique and one of a kind murals, the Fisheye 3D theatrette (included in admission price), whaling artefacts and our very own kidz zone.  Look for the whale tail in Warland Reserve!

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Southern Eyre Peninsula Family & Local History Group

Based in the historic Mill Cottage Museum, the SEPLFHG holds and collects local and family history resources; undertakes family and local history research for enquirers and provides local historical information on interpretive signage around Port Lincoln.  
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Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum

Located in a purpose-built shed on the Port Elliot showgrounds behind the local Primary School, the museum has an agricultural-focused collection as well as a lot of general history items including a sulky that brought one of the first young married couples to Mount Compass.  

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St John Ambulance Museum

The museum in Unley takes the visitor through the development of first aid over many years.  Few organizations can trace their ancestry back to the twelfth century - we can!  

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Stangate House

Designed by Adelaide architect Eric McMichael, this 1940s house built for the Revd Raymond Cornish and his wife Gwyneth is set in four acres and overlooks one of the most beautiful camellia gardens in Australia.  Bequeathed to the National Trust of South Australia in 1967-1970, it is managed by the Mount Lofty branch.

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Stansbury Museum

The history of Stansbury in words and photographs combined with a circa 1910 home. Interesting collections of clothing, gemstones, bottles, shells and dolls fill other rooms. The outbuildings have extensive farm and industry oriented displays. 'It's like a time warp, you'll be glad you came' are typical comments from visitors. 

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State Records of South Australia

The official custodian for archival records created by State & Local government within South Australia, the State Records of SA shares space at the State Library of SA with the National Archives of Australia, and can be accessed from the Mabel Somerville Reading Room. 

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SteamRanger Heritage Railway

Manned by volunteers from the Australian Railway Historical Society, the SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mount Lofty Ranges, down to Strathalbyn and on through the coastal holiday towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot to the tourist resort town of Victor Harbor.

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Strathalbyn and District Heritage Centre

The Strathalbyn and District Heritage Centre has great displays such as “Aboriginal Heritage”, “Strathalbyn at War” and “Pioneering Families” plus period rooms that your great grandmother would recognise.  Jail cells, horse stables and old farm machinery complete the picture of Strathalbyn’s heritage from the mid 1800s.

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Swan Reach and District Museum

The Swan Reach Museum’s fascinating memorabilia, archival and photographic collections tell the story of early Aboriginal and European history along this magnificent part of the River Murray in South Australia.

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Tailem Bend Railway Museum

Officially opened in 2005, the museum is located in the original Tailem Bend Railway Station dating from 1913 along with the Visitor Information Centre. The museum features displays of rail memorabilia and the original working signal box. The building will celebrate its centenary in October 2013.

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Tea Tree Gully and Districts Historical Society

Our aim is to promote community interest and to record the history of the area of Tea Tree Gully.  We also promote interest in South Australian history, through regular monthly meetings, guest speakers and social outings.



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Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum

Situated in the Historic Township precinct of Tea Tree Gully, nestled against the Adelaide Hills and overlooking Haines Memorial Park, this impressive two storey stone building and display pavilions are set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and lawns. Visitors can transport themselves back in time - explore and imagine life in our pioneering days.
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Terowie Pioneer Gallery and Museums

Five historic buildings along the Main Street maintained by the Terowie Citizens Association consisting of Terowie Pioneer Gallery and Simpson Museum, Blacksmith Museum, Women's Work and Down Main Street Museum. Read more about Terowie Pioneer Gallery and Museums >

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The Cedars

Visit the historic home of one of Australia's most noted landscape artists, Sir Hans Heysen, one of the country’s most intact and best preserved historic homes. You can also see where he worked, Australia’s oldest artist’s studio and also the studio of his daughter Nora Heysen, the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize for portraiture as well as the country’s first female war artist. Some 200 original works of art can be seen in changing displays in the studios and the house while one can wander through the charming cottage garden or the Artist's Walk and discover some of heysen's favourite painting sites.  

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The Muriel Matters Society

Founded in 2009, the Muriel Matters Society aims to research, establish and perpetuate the history of the career and life’s work of South Australian-born Muriel Lilah Matters (1877-1969), suffragist, lecturer, journalist, educator, actress and elocutionist.

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The Sheep's Back Museum

The Real Thing: Naracoorte’s museum is about the Australian Wool Industry and the society it created, in a region that grew on wool. It is about people - their trades, machinery and lifestyles and their relationship with the land: colourful and rich in history. You will be moved, informed, amused and entertained.

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The Village Loxton

The Village is a treasure trove of memories and experiences. It captures the development of a typical rural community from 1840 -1950s. The unique collection of buildings includes a baker, bank, blacksmith, garage, printer, railway, institute, school, operational fruit block and much more...each building is fully furnished with fascinating displays, equipment and memorabilia.

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Tramway Museum

Take a tram ride on one of the restored trams to the St. Kilda adventure playground and return.  Admission to the Museum covers unlimited tram rides on the day.  Skip a tram ride at the Museum end and explore our extensive.  Normally we run 4 different trams on an operating day – big ones, small ones, red ones, green ones. Read more about Tramway Museum >

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Tumby Bay Museum

Housed in a circa 1950’s transportable school building divided into three sections containing items reflecting early pioneer life and the social history of the area, the museum is dedicated to CL Alexander, founder of the National Trust's country branches.

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Ukrainian Museum

The only one of its kind in Australia, the Ukrainian Museum houses artefacts built up from heirloom donations of Ukrainians, reflecting the nation’s history and artisan tradition. Amongst the exhibits are rare textiles, weaving, costumes, embroidery, carpets, leather work and ceramics, some dating back to the 18th century.  Read more about Ukrainian Museum >

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Uleybury School Museum

Step back in time and experience schooling as it was for children in times past. Built in 1856, this school served the local community until 1971 and opened as a museum in 1979. The school room is furnished with information, photographs and memorabilia of the school. The former lunch shed offers a gallery of historical information about the local area, a model of the Lady Alice Mine, and an interactive display of past time children’s activities.

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Uniting Church History Centre

Based in the former Church of Christ property in Black Forest, the Uniting Church History Centre stores and displays the records and memorabilia of the Uniting Church of South Australia, which are not required by the Synod to be lodged at the State Library of South Australia. The collection is managed by the Uniting Church SA Historical Society houses the Uniting Church Historical Society's collection.   Read more about Uniting Church History Centre >

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University Collections

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is the third oldest university in Australia. It has a rich history to explore and promises a sparkling future to share.  In the last collections audit over 40 University collections were identified, each revealing facets of the University's history. The collections of the University of Adelaide enrich the university environment, support its teaching and research programs, and provide a resource for students, staff and the community. 
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Unley Museum

Capture a snapshot of Unley's past and present through vibrant and interactive exhibitions. Visitors can wander galleries detailing the rich history of Unley (established 1871) and changing exhibitions organised by local community groups and individuals. The Museum also has a collection of over 10,000 photographs, objects, and documents.
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Urrbrae House Historic Precinct, University of Adelaide

Completed in 1891, Urrbrae House is one of the most significant private houses built in South Australia. Experience this magnificent house and grounds on the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus, given to the University by pastoralist Peter Waite to establish the Waite Agricultural Research Institute and a public park.

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Victoriana Society of South Australia

Founded in 1983, this society is a group of people who have a strong interest in aspects of life in Victorian (1837-1901) and Edwardian (1901-1910) eras.  Through regular meetings, special interest group gatherings and participation in historically themed events, members play a part in helping to preserve and recreate Victorian and Edwardian culture, science, fashion and times.

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Vietnam Veterans' Federation SA Branch

The Vietnam Veterans Federation SA Branch Inc has its clubrooms in a former scout hall where there is a collection of military memorabilia on display.

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Waikerie RSL War Museum

The museum is housed in a room within the premises of the Waikerie RSL Sub branch and contains many items relating to local South Australians who fought in both World Wars and the Vietnam war. 

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Walkerville Historical Society

The group aims to record, preserve and promote the local history of Walkerville districts, giving assistance to those researching family histories, and holds a speaker meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month (except December and January).  The AGM is held in July at Walkerville Hall.
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Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum

Located in a 1865 solid limestone building which was the town’s first post office, this National Trust run museum houses extensive displays of the copper smelting era which lasted from 1861-1923, postal & telephone history, religious and civic affairs, industry, sport, entertainment, extensive nautical, and general local history.
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Wallis Auchendarroch House

Originally opened in 1860 by Scottish migrant Lachlan MacFarlane as the Oakfield Hotel, it became Robert Barr Smith’s family’s summer retreat from 1878-1922 and then a convalescent home and Air Force hospital. Restored in 2002, it was turned into a function centre by the Wallis family.  Its name is Scottish-Gaelic for "holy place of oaks".

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Wend/Sorb Society of South Australia

Preserving the Wendish heritage of South Australia, members are descendents of the pioneering Wends who migrated to South Australia from 1848-1860.  Wends (also called Sorbs) are a Slavic people living in Lusatia, a region in south-eastern Germany. The society publishes a newsletter and holds regular functions.

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West Torrens Historical Society

The West Torrens Historical Society strives to generate interest in local history among residents of the area by holding open meetings during which guest speakers make presentations on a wide range of subjects. 

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Whyalla Maritime Museum

Exhibiting the largest land locked ship in Australia the 1941 HMAS Whyalla, the Maritime Museum offers an intriguing insight into WWII naval history and BHP shipbuilding. You also find the Aboriginal connection with Spencer Gulf, early maritime heritage and natural history.

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Williamstown & Districts Historical Society

The society operates a history room in the Soldiers Memorial Hall housing a collection of archival material for Mount Crawford, Williamstown, Pewsey Vale, Barossa Goldfields and surrounding areas.  Read more about Williamstown & Districts Historical Society >

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Willunga Courthouse and Slate Museum

The Museum is an authentic Courtroom with displays, family and district history. Stables (at rear of Courthouse) house the Slate Museum telling of the discovery of slate and the industry that followed. Bassett Boys Schoolroom in St Lukes Street opened in 1862 is now a venue for school visits.

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Yankalilla District Historical Museum

Come and experience the history of Yankalilla and District, one of the first areas of South Australia settled by Europeans and a major part of Australia’s grain bowl of the 1850s and 1860s.    Much of this grain was exported to the eastern states goldfields.  The Museum tells the story of typical early life and industries. Read more about Yankalilla District Historical Museum >

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Yorke Peninsula Family History Group

Established in 1978, the Yorke Peninsula Family History Group is the first branch of the South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Society Inc. The group was formed at Kadina for the benefit of members living in the area, which because of the distance involved, could not attend the Society's meetings in Adelaide. Read more about Yorke Peninsula Family History Group >
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Yorketown Historical Society

Located in the old Courthouse Building on Edithburgh Road close to the town centre and its junction of five roads, the Yorketown Historic Society's collection of over 1000 photographs depicts early pioneering life in the area. The society has also mapped out a town walk.
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