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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.