Past Events

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Miniature Magic

Special event

Sun 18 June 2017

Be charmed by room settings in miniature and amazed by their precise detail. Hear enthusiasts talk of their small obsessions.

Enjoy the afternoon as you visit 13 rooms in the Museum, 4 pavilions, blacksmith shed, police cell and laundry. Surrounded in a beautiful garden setting, take time to wander, explore and be entertained. Devonshire tea is available and our Gift Shop is a delight with unique craft.

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Miniature Magic

Special event

18 June 2017, 1-4 pm

Be charmed as you explore the Museum building full of room settings in miniature.  Be amazed at their precise detail.  Hear enthusiasts talk of their small obsessions.  Visit the outdoor displays in 4 pavilions, the working blacksmith, police cell and laundry.  Devonshire tea is available and our Gift Shop is stocked with unique craft.

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Our Lighthorsemen

Special event
Bookings are essential

Wednesday 24 May 2017; 12 noon - 2 pm

Army Museum of South Australia History Festival lunch. 'Our Lighthorsemen'. Three prominent historians talking about the legend of the Lighthorsemen 100 years ago at the Battle for Beersheba and other actions during WW1. Discussion leader - Peter Goers. Includes a 2 course meal, drinks purchased from the bar, raffle prizes.

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Government House Open Day

Special event

Sunday 21 May 2017, 10am - 4pm

His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Le invite you to Government House to view the public rooms, learn about the current workings of the House and explore the gardens as part of DreamBIG Children's Festival.

Particpate in a circus workshop or enjoy a children's guided meditation session.

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Chocolate Coated History

Special event

Wed 17 to Sun 21 May, 2017; 10 am - 2 pm daily

A chocolate adventure like no other!

This display is a must see, every room depicting all things chocolate. See the historical timeline, weird and wonderful facts and enjoy many fun activities. Excite the senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and - especially - taste! Enjoy the 'chocolate bar' buffet. Gift shop is stocked with unique craft.

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Christo Reid - The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman

Special event

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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The Full Story: Research for Interpretation and Displays

Workshop
Bookings are essential

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 2-4pm

Do you want to add interest and stories to displays of historical items? Discover how to use Trove, state and local collections to find and follow leads in your research and get the full story. Session aimed at community groups with historical collections or an interest in telling history. Bookings essential. 

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Willunga Slate Revisited

Exhibition

Sunday 7 May 2017, 5pm

On behalf of the Willunga Branch, National Trust of South Australia you are invited to "Willunga Slate Revisited!",  which features new displays and changes to the Willunga Slate Museum.  Please join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the Slate Museum on May 7.

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Open Day

Special event

Sunday 7 May 2017, 10 am to 2 pm

Visit Thebarton Barracks during its centenary year. The SA POlice Historical Society will hold its annual Open Day at the Barracks (corner of Port and Gaol Roads on Sunday 7 May so spread the word and put a note in your diary now.

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Why 'Brinkworth'?

Guided Tour

Sunday 7 May 2017, 10 am - 4 pm

On Sunday May 7th, from 10am – 4pm as part of the History Month in South Australia, the Brinkworth History Group members will answer that question.

  • A free shuttle bus will run every hour from 10.30am visiting the town sites relevant to the George Brinkworth family. Guides will explain the contribution and legacy of this family to the community. A tour booklet tells their story.
  • In the museum building an exhibition tells the remarkable story of George’s father and mother, brothers and sisters who from the 1840’s - 1880’s opened up land for agriculture  in areas from Port Adelaide to Quorn in the rapid push North.
  • The display of old agricultural machinery in the museum grounds will enable you to recognise the literally ground breaking work of our early pioneers in the local area.
  • Following the May 7th event the museum display will be opened for viewing by appointment only throughout May.
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