Past Events

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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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The Language of Flowers


Tuesdays, 10 am - 2 pm; 1 December 2016 - 30 June 2017

A wide selection of floral motif exhibits curated from the Guild museum collection to showcase the variety of forms and symbolic connotations of the various embroided flowers. Alongside the museum objects are museum team members' interpretations of the Language of Flowers.

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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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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

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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