Past Events

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Digging In: New Perspectives on the successes and failures of the World War I Soldier Settlement

Special event
Bookings are essential

Wednesday 16 November 2016, 5.30pm-6.45pm

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.

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Introduction to Oral History Workshop

Workshop
Bookings are essential

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Learn how to do an oral history interview. Workshops introduce participants to the practice and methods of doing an oral history interview and provide equipment training on digital recorders.

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Tintin Collector Talk

Special event

Sunday 13 November 2016, 2pm

Stuart Blair, owner of the collection of Tintin memorabilia currently on exhibition at the Unley Museum talks about his collection.

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Beyond the Battlefield: Women Artists in the Two World Wars

Special event

Friday 11 November 2016, 7pm for 7.30pm start

Remembrance Day address by Professor Cathy Speck

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An Afternoon with Peter Phelps at the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

Special event
Bookings are essential

Friday 11 November 2016, 3pm - 5pm Talk & tour. 7pm movie screening

An afternoon with Peter Phelps - star of the movie The Lighthorsemen. Join us for an afternoon talk, tour & special screening of The Lighthorsemen to mark the 30th Anniversary of the filming of the feature film in the Flinders Ranges area.

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Second Annual Olive Oil Day

Special event

Sunday 6 November 2016, 12noon - 5pm

Join us for a picnic and market day at Beaumont House to celebrate the establishment of the Olive Oil industry in South Australia. Built in 1849, Beaumont House was home of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Augustus Short, and later Sir Samuel Davenport, politician, horticulturist and founder of the olive oil industry in SA.

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Unley Libraries Festival

Special event

Friday 4- Saturday 5 November 2016

Unley Libraries are celebrating their 50th birthday this year and they’re celebrating in style.  The Unley Libraries Festival will include a vintage fair, demonstrations, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, live music, a book launch, family movie and an abundance of family entertainment.

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Blue Jeans and Jungle Greens

Temporary exhibition

1-30 November 2016, Tuesday - Friday 1-4pm

Blue Jeans Jungle Greens examines both the conflict in Vietnam and the anti-war campaign on the home front, as well as other social movements of the time. This display draws on the stories – and the photo albums – of South Australians, and reminds us of the power of the past in people’s lives. 

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Crafers Primary School 150th Anniversary

Special event

Saturday 29 October 2016

Celebrate Crafers Primary School's 150th anniversary at their School Fete.  Rides, games, delicious food and wine and live music.

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Making History: The Peterborough Project

Special event
Bookings are essential

Friday 28 - Saturday 29 October 2016, (+ optional activities on Sunday 30 October)

Join us in Peterborough for an exciting weekend working alongside the local community in one and a half days of participatory workshops and activities. Our theme for the event will be local history, and together we will explore innovative ways to share and interpret these stories.

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