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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

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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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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Willunga Slate Revisited


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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Presentation of Court Stamps

Special event
Bookings are essential

Thursday 4 May 2017, 3 pm.

You are invited to attend a presentation by Troy Bell MP, Her Honour Teresa Anderson and Thomas Rymill of Court Stamps to the National Trust of SA Old Courthouse collection. Stamps were used by the Clerks of the Magistrates Court in recording on the file the outcome handed down by the Magistrate. Afternoon tea will be served.

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Advanced Oral History Workshop

Bookings are essential

Monday 1 May 2017, 10 am - 4 pm

Are your oral history recordings sitting in an archive, not being used? Have you ever wanted to make use of the recordings for displays or presentations? If so, this workshop is for you.

This hands-on workshop will teach you how to:

  • use audio editing software to edit your interviews,
  • create audio clips with added sound effects for use in a range of settings, such as displays in a community centre, library or museum, and
  • use audio clips and photographs to create a visual presentation.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Members of community groups and history groups
  • Local and community historians
  • Students and lecturers
  • Anyone wanting to create a product with oral history interviews
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Women of the River Country Exhibition

Travelling exhibition

Sunday 30 April 2017, 2 pm. Exhibition on show from 1 May to 21 June 2017.

Follow the journey of these 19 remarkable women from across the Murray Darling Basin and discover how they have shaped history along our mighty rivers. Exhibition to be opened at Olivewood by Renmark Paringa Mayor.

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Opening of the Koch Collection

Special event

Sunday 30 April 2017, 2pm

We invite you to the opening of the Koch Collection. Photos and memorabilia kindly donated by descendants of one of the founding families of Petersburg. Afternoon tea provided. RSVP Wednesday 16 April. All welcome.

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SA History Expo

Special event
Bookings are essential

Monday 24 April at 1-3.30pm

Whyalla Family History Group are hosting an SA History Expo with two interesting speakers from the Retired Police Association and the SA Pioneers Association.   

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