Past events at Burnside Historical Society

Christo Reid - The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman

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Monday 15 May 2017, 7.30 pm

Two films and a collection of photographs will celebrate the life of legendary outback cattleman Sir Sidney Kidman. The first film, A Wild Birthday Party, records a 1932 rodeo held for Sir Sidney Kidman’s 75th birthday. Over 50,000 people attended, but not everything went to plan. The second film, Murracurra, documents a road trip with Sir Sidney Kidman, Mr Sidney Reid and Adelaide journalist Maurie Fisher, who wrote under the pen name ‘Murracurra’, in June 1928. Travelling by train to Broken Hill they embarked on a five week, 2160 mile motor trip though outback Australia to inspect Kidman properties in a year of extreme drought and hardship.

The films were the work of Christo Reid’s grandfather, Sidney Reid, who had joined Kidman’s business after marrying Kidman’s middle daughter Elma in 1911. Reid went on to manage the vast Kidman enterprise until 1935 and his son Reg – Christo’s father – also worked in the business until his early death at 56. Christo is the author of two contrasting books, Cactus: Surfing Journals from Solitude and Kidman: the Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman.

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Italian Migration to South Australia

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Mon, 20 March 2017

Presentation by Daniela Rose. Numerically, Italians are the largest group from a non-English speaking background in South Australia. Over 20 000 are first-generation settlers and around 90 000 South Australians are of Italian descent. The Italian language is the most common language spoken at home after English. This presentation will give an overview of the history of Italian settlement in South Australia in the context of Italian migration in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will consider their reasons for migrating to South Australia, their settlement patterns and the influence they had on Australian society.

Dr Daniela Rose is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Italian Section in the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics at Flinders University. Her primary areas of research are the history of Italian migration to South Australia and ageing in a foreign land. Her best-known publication, with Professor Desmond O’Connor, is Caulonia in the Heart. She has also published numerous scholarly articles nationally and internationally. She has recently edited the volume Ageing between cultures: the experiences and challenges of Italian migrants in South Australia.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

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Coopers on Statenborough

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Monday 20 February 2017, 7.30pm

Presentation by Alison Painter. This presentation covers the progress of Cooper & Sons from 1882-2002 when Thomas Cooper, and later his descendants, operated the brewery on Statenborough Street. For many years they retained the old way of brewing and everything in the brewery reflected this. As the business increased there was some modernisation of both plant and brewing methods, but the old Sparkling Ale and Extra Stout remained the same. Coopers remains a family company, but the move to the modern complex at Regency Park in 2002 was necessary and the differences from the old brewery are remarkable.

Alison has enjoyed a long association with Coopers having started work there as laboratory assistant to Max Cooper in 1960. In 1977 she left to study at Flinders University, subsequently completing an Honours Degree in history. Alison’s thesis was a history of Coopers and the brewing industry in SA which, with additions, became the first edition of Jolly Good Ale and Old. Since then she has written other brewing histories.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

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Vienna-Shanghai-Burnside: The Preiss Family Life Journey

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Monday 18 July 2016, 7:30pm

Presented by Wolfgang Victor Preiss who was born in Shanghai in 1944 to Austrian parents Josef and Katharina who, twice in their lives, found themselves refugees. All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

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Meeting of The Queen Adelaide Historical Society Inc

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7.30pm Monday 20 June 2016

Presented by Triss and Paul Roberts. All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

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AGM & George Bolton's Archival Film footage 1930s-1960s

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Monday 18 April March 2016, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Attend our short AGM followed by a presentation of copies of the Survey of Plaques in the City of Burnside (updated version) to Mayor Parkin and Council's Local History's Collection before a fascinating viewing of George Bolton's 1930s-1960s Archival Film Footage

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Edward Cairns of Ardrossan: from schoolboy to scholar

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Monday 21 March 2016, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Former University of Adelaide academic Dr Robert Kimber presents a talk on Private Edward Cairns, 27th Battalion  who was brought up around Price and Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula and died at Gallipoli in 1915.  Dr Kimber wrote about Edward Cairns' life in Love from Eddie published in 2012. 

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Two Burnside Ladies: how SA got its first female MPs

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Monday 15 February 2016, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Former University of Adelaide lecturer Dr Jenny Stock gives a presentation on South Australia's first MPs, Dr Joyce Steele and Jessie Cooper. They made history when elected in March 1959 to the South Australian Parliament, the former for the House of Assembly seat of Burnside, the latter for the Legislative Council.

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Kennion House - the Anglican Boy's Home in Walkerville

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Monday 15 September 2014, 7.30 - 9.30pm

Oral historian and founder of the Walkerville Historical Society Lyn O'Grady will talk about the Church of England Boys' Home in Walkerville which cared for boys from broken and destitute homes for nearly 100 years.

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Mary Penfold and Joseph Gillard Jr: A different view of the Penfolds Wines

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Monday 18 August 2014, 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Come and hear Dr Geoffrey Bishop, President of the Historical Society of South Australia tell the story of Mary Penfold and Joseph Gillard Jr, and the important roles they played in the history of Penfolds' Wines.

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