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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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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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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 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 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, a reenactment group 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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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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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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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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Pioneers Association of South Australia

Established in 1935, the Pioneers Association seeks primarily to preserve the memory of those pioneers who arrived in South Australia during the first ten years of colonisation. The Association maintains a library and archive at its premises in Leigh Street, Adelaide, which the public is invited to access.

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Pipes & Drums of the Royal Caledonian Society of South Australia

The objective of the band is to further and encourage interest in Scottish music and traditions.

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Playford Historical Society

The City of Playford has a rich and diverse local history, which is now supported by a new historical society. We are a voluntary organisation that collects, researches, interprets and preserves information of historical interest.

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Port Adelaide Caledonian Society

One of the not for profit Scottish organizations established for the enjoyment and promotion of Scottish Highland dancing, music and heritage in South Australia, the Port Adelaide Caledonian Society was founded in 1883. Read more about Port Adelaide Caledonian Society >

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Port Lincoln Railway Museum

Packed with memorabilia and housed in the heritage-listed stone station building, the displays in this museum will take you back to a time when the railways were the lifeblood of Eyre Peninsula. Visit the old freight shed to see what life was like ‘up the line’.    

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Port Milang Museum

Housed at the Milang Oval complex, the museum contains displays of fishing, farming, blacksmithing as well as a growing collection of fire engines and information about Milang in its heyday as a river port. 

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Port of Adelaide National Trust (PoANT)

PoANT advocates for the conservation and celebration of our heritage through our own actions, support of the broader community and strategic partnerships. Our choice to be purely an advocacy branch provides our members with opportunities to relay heritage aspirations and concerns to all levels of government, business and the community. 
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Port Pirie National Trust Museum

Telling the stories of Port Pirie’s people and its industries including smeltering, railway and shipping history, displayed in a number of fine late 19th and early 20th century heritage buildings: the Old Customs House, the old Railway Station and the former Central Police Station. 

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Radium Hill Historical Association

The museum established by the Radium Hill Historical Association in an old circa 1926 ex-stationhand's cottage on Tikalina Station in 1996, is now closed (2018) and being relocated.
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Re-enact SA (RSA)

Re-enact SA is a group of South Australian WWII enthusiasts performing reenactment displays in South Australia.  Our primary interest (or 'impression' as is known in living history circles) is the North African and Mediterranean campaigns of World War II.  We can help bring your history-themed event to life.  Read more about Re-enact SA (RSA) >

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Riverton Local History Family Research & Information Centre

The Riverton Local History Family Research & Information Centre is housed in the original English, Scottish and Australian Bank and residence, dating from 1879.  It has been the Information Centre since 1997 and is sponsored by the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council.  

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Robe Local History Group

The Robe Local History Group was formed in 2014 to help manage and expand the community history collection held at the Robe public library and visitor information centre, and to work with library staff to make it more accessible.

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Rocky River Historic & Art Society

This organisation cares for the Laura Archives which are housed in the historic former Masonic Lodge, and holds resources for Laura and Stone Hut, including microfilm of the Laura Standard newspaper and microfiche of many important community organizations.

 

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Royal Caledonian Society of South Australia

South Australia’s premier Caledonian Society was formed in 1881 and is home of the reputably longest continuing civilian Pipe Band in the Southern Hemisphere. The Society is a family-oriented group that embraces that promotes all elements of Scottish culture and heritage such as Pipes & Drums, both Highland and Country Dancing, Scottish Music and Cuisine. 

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Saddleworth & District Historical Society Museum

Located in the old Siekmann and Moule wheat store built in 1859, the oldest building still standing in Saddleworth and once the largest store north of Gawler, the museum houses the history of the small country town of Saddleworth and the nearby townships of Waterloo, Marrabel and Manoora, and is run by volunteers of the Saddleworth & Districts Historical Society.

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Salisbury & District Historical Society

Our Society manages two historic buildings in two locations:  an operating restored water wheel and a Folk Museum in a former police station, with four rooms of displays and an extensive photographic collection to explore. Our regular Guest Speaker evenings are open to the public. Read more about Salisbury & District Historical Society >
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Settlers Cottage

Memorabilia from pioneering days collected by the Port Lincoln Pioneer and Descendants Club, displayed in a purpose-built museum opened in 1987 and resembling a Settlers Cottage.

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South Australian Boer War Association (SABWA)

South Australian Boer War Association Inc (SABWA) was established to honour and preserve the memory of the men and women who served in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 in South Africa.  Membership is open not only to descendants of servicemen but also to anyone interested in Australia’s forgotten war.  

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South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society

The SA Genealogy and Heraldry Society promotes and encourages the pursuit of family history and allied subjects in South Australia.  Their library is housed at the historic Unley Institute and Library building.

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South Australian Police History Museum

Run by the South Australian Police Historical Society, the museum preserves police history and artifacts, including old uniforms and badges. We are recording and researching history of the SA Police depicted in document and photographic form as well as four museum galleries and a motor museum.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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