Sundays 15 January, 19 February & 19 March 2017.
11am - 5pm.
Experience a 1920s garden party at 'Summer Sundays at Beaumont House' held in the beautifully restored and extensive gardens of Beaumont House, treat yourself to a devonshire tea on the veranda and browse our exclusive craft stalls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is one hundred years since a soldier settlement scheme was established in Australia, part of a suite of repatriation policies for ex-servicemen and women returning from World War I. Almost 40,000 soldiers and a few nurses took up the opportunity to chance their luck and to carve out a living with a block of land on the margins of our cities to the vast interiors of our continent. The scheme has largely been considered a failure and it is easy to see why. Bureaucratic bungling, government bickering, too small blocks, poor seasons, environmental degradation and crippling debts saw thousands of soldier settlers admit defeat and walk off their blocks. Yet, as Professor Openheimer will suggest, there is another story of soldier settlement. In this lecture, Professor Openheimer will pursue the stories of the many thousands of soldier settlers who, with their families, managed to survive on their blocks through the testing 1920s and depression of the 1930s. Some descendants of soldier settlers still farm their land today. Taking us through the factors for 'success' she will argue that by examining this contrasing narrative we gain a better understanding of the complexities and travails of the soldier settlement experience.