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Connecting up in Canberra

April 2, 2012

Last week I attended the inaugural conference of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities “Building, Mapping, Connecting” at the Australian National University in Canberra.  The conference ran over 3 days and was largely attended by almost 250 academics largely from worldwide universities. However History SA was well represented.  I gave a paper on our Community […]

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Warp, weft and shuttlecocks

March 27, 2012

Ever wondered how blankets are made?  Most South Australian’s would have heard of Onkaparinga blankets – good quality pure wool made in Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills until 1993.  At the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum a knowledgeable group of volunteers can explain the production process, from the spinning and weaving to sizing and finishing.  The […]

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Doddridge Blacksmith Shop launch

March 23, 2012

The Angaston & Penrice Historical Society is launching the A&H Doddridge Blacksmith Shop Cultural Tourism Enhancement Project on Friday 30 March from 5.30 pm. Members of the public are invited to come and experience one of the few remaining main street smithies in South Australia. The heritage listed blacksmith’s shop at 19 Murray Street, Angaston is […]

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Medieval Stitches

March 8, 2012

Every Year the Embroiderers’ Guild of SA and the Embroiderers’ Guild Museum hold an exhibition to coincide with the Adelaide Fringe Festival.  This year the theme was ‘Medieval’ and last week I went to the launch of ‘A Bouquet of Medieval Stitches’. The annual Fringe event is an exhibition of Guild members’ work, showcasing the […]

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Mystery of the Mission photos

February 28, 2012

There’s been a buzz in this office since my visit to Mill Cottage in Port Lincoln before Christmas when I spotted those extraordinary early daguerreotypes of Aboriginal men from the nearby Poonindie Mission dressed as ‘gentlemen’. Daguerreotypes, the earliest form of commercial photographs, were around for only a short period of time in the mid-19th […]

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German Heritage in Barossa Museums

February 22, 2012

Amanda and Pauline spent a day in the Barossa this week, visiting Luhr’s Cottage at Light Pass and the Barossa Museum at Tanunda.  So much German Lutheran heritage in one day! We’d been invited by the Luhr’s Cottage committee to come up and see the items they have displayed in the cottage and give some […]

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Endeavour arrives in Adelaide

February 16, 2012

The full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship Endeavour operated by Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum arrived in Adelaide today.  The beautifully crafted square-rigger will be moored at Port Adelaide, Inner Harbour. It will be open for inspection from 16 to 23 February from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Endeavour departed Sydney on 15 April […]

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Workshopping About Time in Loxton

January 19, 2012

The topic under discussion in the Loxton Waikerie Council Chamber on Monday 16 January was About Time: South Australia’s History Festival.   People representing a diverse group of previous and potential event organisers came along to talk about the festival and hear what Mandy Paul, Karen Blackwood and Pauline Cockrill from History SA had to say […]

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Celebrations at Strathalbyn Museum

December 15, 2011

Saturday December 3rd saw Strathalbyn’s Police Station & Old Courthouse Museum change its name to the Strathalbyn and District Heritage Centre. Museum volunteers gathered in the Centre’s beautiful old courtyard for an evening that combined a celebration of the new name with the branch’s annual Christmas party. National Trust of South Australia President David Beaumont, […]

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Wool, frocks and history in the South-East

December 7, 2011

I went with Mandy Paul, History SA Senior Curator, on a speedy fieldtrip to the South-East this week.  We went to the Sheep’s Back Museum in Naracoorte, the Millicent National Trust Museum and Beachport National Trust Museum. Thank you to everyone who took the time to meet and catch-up with us, it is greatly appreciated. […]

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Minister Hill makes history matter

December 6, 2011

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon John Hill, has just announced the successful applicants of History SA’s two annual grant programs for 2011-12. The $35,000 South Australian History Fund will assist 18 organisations and individuals from across the State. It is an opportunity for the State government to support the growing numbers of enthusiastic […]

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A Breath of Fresh Eyre: day 3

November 30, 2011

Today was a day to take in some more of the community history around Port Lincoln before heading home this evening. First up I headed for the local RSL whose salmon pink club rooms have a large and varied collection of war memorabilia on display which include some unique souvenirs such as a small rock […]

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A Breath of Fresh Eyre: day 2

November 29, 2011

Day Two on my Eyre Peninsula field trip. This morning I left both Tumby Bay and the bitumen and wound my way gingerly inland on an unsealed road to Koppio.  The landscape was dramatic – the deep blue rain-filled sky contrasted with the biscuit coloured hills and every so often there were flashes of green […]

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A Breath of Fresh Eyre: day 1

November 28, 2011

Today I took the ‘red eye’ from Adelaide to Whyalla and headed south by hire car avoiding both emus and giant grain trucks that indicate it’s harvest time on the Eyre Peninsula. Over the next three days, I’m visiting as many community museums as I can over here to photograph and help members write up […]

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Back from the Museums Australia Conference

November 28, 2011

Earlier in November I attended the Museums Australia National Conference in Perth. I gave a paper about the South Australian Community History Website and caught up with lots of interstate colleagues about community museum matters. The conference was in conjunction with interpretation Australia, so there were lots of interpretation focused sessions to go to and […]

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Celebrations for Swan Reach Museum

November 26, 2011

I was looking forward to visiting Swan Reach Museum this week – and not just because you get to take the car across the Murray on the ferry or even because there was the promise of birthday cake to celebrate their 10th anniversary!  This would be my first visit to the museum since joining History […]

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Weighbridge Display Launched at Stansbury Museum

November 21, 2011

Stansbury Museum’s new Weighbridge display was officially opened on Friday 18 November by Steven Griffiths, Local Member for Goyder before a large gathering of locals and others from further afield within the Yorke Peninsula. Also in attendance were Martin Hamilton-Smith, Member for Waite and his young son Thomas.  Mr Hamilton Smith’s family has had long […]

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Unley Museum’s Silver Anniversary

November 9, 2011

This week I attended the silver anniversary celebrations for the museum along with a large group of museum volunteers, councillors, friends of the museum and former curators.  After drinks and finger food Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne, spoke about the commitment of council to maintaining the museum, and Anne Milne, president of the Friends of the […]

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Uncovering Gems at Crystal Brook

October 21, 2011

I headed north last week through the just-budding vineyards of the Clare Valley and towards the Port Pirie smelters to spend some time at one of the 61 registered museums in our program, the Crystal Brook Heritage Centre.  Located in the centre of this small country town, close to the Big Goanna, this National Trust […]

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A Polish Picnic

October 14, 2011

At the beginning of October I was invited to a very special picnic. Since 1974 the Polish Hill River Church Museum has been holding an annual picnic but this year it was in honour of the 140th anniversary of their church – and the 175th anniversary of the founding of South Australia. After a 2 […]

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Up in the sky at the Aviation Museum

October 9, 2011

I took my two year old son Cameron to the Aviation Museum which was open for free during the Port Festival 8 to 9 October.  What a great, lively family atmosphere!  Heaps of kids and Mums and Dads milling about, going up the steps into the big plane and the Vietnam helicopter.  Cameron had a […]

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NOW Making Music in Magill

October 7, 2011

Last week when I drove to the Magill campus of the University of South Australia to attend part of the Narratives of War (NOW) two-day symposium, I wasn’t expecting music. This biennial seminar program is a showcase for the NOW Group’s research based at UniSA’s School of Communication, International Studies and Languages. Headed by Professor […]

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Fun on the Goldfields

October 5, 2011

On the last Sunday in September the Barossa Goldfields Historical Society holds their annual open day. Encouraged by their flyer which promised endless Billy tea and damper I set the GPS for Goldfields Road, Cockatoo Valley and hit the road. An hour or so later, a hand written sandwich board on the side of the […]

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New Displays at Penneshaw Museum

September 14, 2011

The Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum have undertaken a complete overhaul of the displays in the museum’s main exhibition space.  Completed in the last couple of months, the new displays were professionally designed and have been put together largely by volunteer members of the museum.  Apart from writing the stories for the display, choosing objects […]

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Buandik display bridges the gap

September 1, 2011

A major new display at Beachport Old Wool and Grain Store Museum fills a gap in the telling of the history of Beachport and the surrounding district. The display ‘One Land, Two Cultures’ is the culmination of intensive research and consultation conducted over five years by Beachport Museum volunteer Marcia Lorenz. The museum aims to […]

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Collections MOSAiC software training workshops in Adelaide

August 18, 2011

Training workshops for users of Collection MOSAiC Plus, the collections management software for small museums, were held over 5 days at the end of July in the RSL Memorial Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Adelaide. The sessions were run by MOSAiC’s Perth-based supplier, Rew and Sally-Anne Whittington from ISTechnology and over 15 participants attended each day from […]

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Stories of Italian market gardeners

August 12, 2011

Today I visited the Findon Community Centre to see the exhibition From the Veneto to Frogmore and Findon Roads: stories of Italian market gardeners 1920s -1970s which was launched last weekend. It’s a great example of a community coming together to create, display and share their history – simply but professionally done. Consisting of an […]

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State History Conference brings out new perspectives

August 11, 2011

This special State History Conference to mark 175 years since the official foundation of the Province of South Australia was held over three days, from 5 to 7 August, at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide, in conjunction with the inaugural national Australian Council of Professional Historians Association conference. A total of 224 delegates attended, and […]

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Oral History Association Launches Website

July 11, 2011

At the OHAA SA/NT Branch AGM two years ago it was agreed to put recorded interviews on the branch’s website to celebrate the SA175th anniversary. Coincidentally this year is the 100th anniversary of the NT so the project helps to celebrate both occasions. As oral history is about ‘the voice’ the SA/NT branch felt it […]

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Moonta’s Medical History on Display

June 22, 2011

The Moonta Medical display features countless implements used by Moonta doctors at various times in the district’s history as well as an extensive collection of medicine bottles and containers with labels attesting to a range of weird and wonderful remedies for a host of ailments.  The display was partly funded through the SA175 grant fund, […]

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Visits to Whyalla and Melrose museums

June 16, 2011

Amanda and Pauline have recently returned from a fieldtrip to Whyalla and Melrose, visiting the Mount Laura Homestead Museum at Whyalla, the Whyalla Maritime Museum and the Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre. On the way into town we stopped past the Whyalla Maritime Museum to catch-up with Paul the manager/curator and see the art exhibition he […]

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Swan Reach Museum opens new displays

June 15, 2011

Swan Reach Museum has just completed the second stage of major display redevelopments. Focused around local community themes, the displays have completely revitalised the display spaces.  The district’s history is now more easily accessible, both in terms of getting around the displays and in their content. The new displays are allowing the museum to clearly […]

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