Past Events

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Coopers on Statenborough

Special event

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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Dr Marvel's Medicine Show

Special event
Bookings are required for groups

Sunday 19 February 2017 1-4pm. Talk 2pm prompt.

Dr Marvel returns by popular demand.

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1846-2016 ... 170 years of mental health in SA

Special event

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 7.30pm sharp, finish around 9pm including supper

Presentation: 1846-2016 Mental Health in SA by guest speaker longtime public sector clinical psychologist, David Buob

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Dedication Service for Archives and Archivists

Special event

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 9.15 for 9.30am start - 11.30am

Come and join SA members to dedicate the new year to archivists and their role in the community.

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January School Holiday Open Days


Open 12-5pm

If you are looking for somewhere to take the family why not make the journey out to the Tramway Museum, St Kilda and take a ride into history!  Open on the following days during January 2017:

- 4th (Wednesday)

- 8th (Sunday)

- 11th (Wednesday)

- 15th (Sunday)

- 18th (Wednesday)

- 22nd (Sunday)

- 25th (Wednesday)

- 26th (Thursday - Australia Day)

- 29th (Sunday)

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Christmas Pilgrim

Special event

Friday 2 December 2016, 7pm for 7:30pm start

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas and hear Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society's end of year guest speaker, Janet Leitch

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Lighthouse Day - Opening of the Margaret Brock Room

Special event

Saturday 26 November 2016, from 2pm (official opening) - 9pm

Official opening of a room and display dedicated to the shipwrecked Barque Margaret Brock, marking the completion of renovations to the historic Cape Jaffa Lighthouse in the 40th anniversary year of its removal from Margaret Brock Reef to Marine Parade, Kingston SA.  

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Once Upon a Time: Stories of South Australian Childhood

Temporary exhibition

Thursday 24 to Saturday 26, Monday 28 & Tuesday 29 November 2016, 1-4pm Strawberry Fete Sunday 27 November 2016, 10am-4pm

Augmented with childhood photos, family albums and old toys borrowed from the Macclesfield community, History SA's travelling exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of children living in South Australia over successive generations, in both the happy and more challenging times. 

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Australian Festival of Marmalade

Special event

Sunday 20 November 2016, 10am-5pm

Join us for Australia's first Festival of Marmalade in the grounds of Beaumont House on Sunday 20 November. There will be talks on marmalade and citrus, tastings, presentations to the winners of the Australian Marmalade Competition, music, wine and games. 

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All Steamed Up Festival

Special event

Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 November 2016, 9am-4pm

The second All Steamed Up Festival will be held at Mannum on the weekend of 19-20 November, a celebration of boats, blacksmiths and engines presented by the Mannum Dock Museum of River History. This year the festival will celebrate the re-commissioning of the PV Mayflower, one of the river's oldest paddle boats and will also bring together the largest working group of blacksmiths in South Australia. 

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