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Archers Arcadia Exhibition

12 December 2013 – 13 February 2014 Open 10am – 5pm every day (except public holidays) Institute Room, Institute Building, corner North Tce and Kintore Ave Inspired..Read more>>

About Time 2014 Registration

It’s time to start registering your events for About Time 2014! Head to the ( Time website to register your events now or ..Read more>>

Christmas Book Fair

Wakefield Press are holding a Christmas Book Fair at the Don Pyatt Hall, Norwood Town Hall, from Friday 13 December right through to Sunday 15 December. Come along for boatloads of bargain..Read more>>

6 December Blackstone Symposium

This one-day Symposium at the University of Adelaide will seek the views of international experts on the evolution and influence of Blackstone’s Commentaries in a national and in..Read more>>

Keeping up Christmas

( Lofty Districts Historical Society present culinary Historian Allie Reynolds Allie will consider why a..Read more>>

Politicial Satire and the Cartoonists' View of Election 2013

( University Library presents: Political Satire and the Cartoonists’ View of Election 2013, wi..Read more>>

State History Conference

History SA, the Oral History Association of Australia and the University of South Australia will jointly host this conference, which will bring together professional, academic, communi..Read more>>

14 September Mt Gambier : History Council of South Australia Annual Lecture

Annual History Council Lecture (country): ‘Australian Generations: an oral history of our living memory’ (Australian Generations Oral History Project) Speaker: Nicole ..Read more>>

14 August: Talking (and performing) History : Carl Linger’s missing legacy

Join us for a talk by Dr Jula Szuster about the fate of German émigré Carl Linger’s missing works and a performance of some of his works by Tessa Miller (soprano) a..Read more>>

Aboriginal Research Methods and Ethics Master Class

Aboriginal Research Methods and Ethics Master Class with Dr Karen Martin, Associate Professor in Early Childhood, and author of ‘Please Knock before You Enter: an Investigation o..Read more>>

Leaving Home: Motives for 19th century German migration to SA

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Built Tough: The Awesome Roman Empire

Explore Roman technology and inventions through working machines and models that have been built with the same materials and techniques that Romans used thousands of years ago. The tec..Read more>>

From a Sunday too far away

Traces the efforts of those instrumental in creating some of Australia’s most iconic films including Sunday Too Far Away, Breaker Morant and Storm Boy. Selected photographs, film..Read more>>

Coro Alive

The Coro Alive! 175 Coordinating Committee has brought together an energetic group of local residents who have developed a program of events that will occur from mid-January to Novembe..Read more>>

Fifty Years of Politics and Public Life: The Bannon Collection

The Bannon Collection represents a rich resource for Australian history at both State and Federal level, including personal letters, photographs, audio-visual material, marginalia, eph..Read more>>

German Australian Connections Network end of year gathering

German Australian Connections Network end of year gathering. Tuesday November 13, Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide. 5.30 for 6pm Join us for our..Read more>>

Chalk one up to heritage : Gypsum mining at Lake Inneston

CHALK ONE UP TO HERITAGE Gypsum Mining at Lake Inneston, 1913-1930 SPEAKER: Dr Elizabeth Hartnell Curator, City of Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Ave., Unley ..Read more>>

South Australian wooden boat festival

The Festival held within the Goolwa Wharf Precinct is set for a weekend filled with on water and on land action, loads of entertainment and opportunity to get up close and personal wit..Read more>>

Two national History conferences in SA for 2012

From July 9-13, the Australian Historical Association Conference will be held at the University of Adelaide. For more information, go to: ( ..Read more>>

Museums Australia conference

For the first time in a decade, the national conference of Museums Australia will be held in South Australia. Museums and collections professionals, volunteers and others from across A..Read more>>

Building of the Replica HM Barque Endeavour

The Australian-built reconstruction of James Cook's HMB Endeavour is considered one of the world's most accurate maritime reproductions. The ship visited Adelaide on its circumnavi..Read more>>

Friday 20 September, 6pm: Annual History Council Lecture (city) – ‘Australian Generations: an oral history of our living memory’ (Australian Generations Oral History Project)

Friday 20 September, 4.30 for 4.45pm: History Council of SA 11th Annual General Meeting, followed by: 5.45 for 6pm: Annual History Council Lecture (city) - ‘Australian ..Read more>>

Oral History Association SA workshop

REMEMBERING LIVES OHAA (SA BRANCH) SEMINAR THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 2012 Time: 2pm – 5pm Venue: Anne and Basil Hetzel Lecture theatre State Library of SA, North Tce., A..Read more>>

Public Lecture Series SA 175: Exploring the Past, Shaping the Future

The full program can be accessed here ( Venue: Basil Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building..Read more>>

Inaugural South Australian Engineering Heritage Conference

Engineering heritage is a field of interest which not only spans all branches of the engineering profession but all the other professions as well. It's also of interest to a broad cros..Read more>>

Private Journal of a Voyage to Australia

James Bell's diary lay in obscurity for about 170 years and then was amazingly found on a market stall. and auctioned at Bonham's, where it was acquired by the State Library of South A..Read more>>

The history of History @

Next year will see the 110th anniversary of the appointment of George Cockburn Henderson to the Chair of History (and, originally, English) in the University of Adelaide, and the 10th ..Read more>>

Free community concert

His Excellency the Governor invites you to bring a picnic and enjoy a community concert which traces South Australia's history and celebrates our achievements Sunday 13th November 201..Read more>>

Mawson's Aurora Expedition

The Science of Ideas and Technology Group present: MAWSON’S AURORA EXPEDITION 1911-14: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST MAJOR OVERSEAS SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION SPEAKER: Mark Pharaoh (..Read more>>

History Teachers Association National Conference

HTASA is hosting the National History Teachers' Conference - Loreto College, Adelaide on the 3-5 October 2011. The theme this year is History With a Difference - with a particular ..Read more>>

Retelling the Hahndorf Story : from settlement to 2011

Retelling the Hahndorf Story : from settlement to 2011 Presented by Melinda Rankin and Lyn Leader-­Elliott Time: 6.00pm Date: Thursday 29 September 2011 Place: The Common Room,..Read more>>

Doug Moran Portrait Exhibition

Works by the 31 finalists of The Doug Moran Portrait Prize, a spectacular exhibition, including some South Australian artists. The RSASA has hosted this prestigious exhibition since it..Read more>>

Disaster Preparedness Workshop

The Australian Society of Archivists SA Branch is running a FREE Disaster Preparedness Workshop suitable for any individual working with archives, records, artefacts or any other c..Read more>>

Annual General Meeting

To be held on Tuesday, 6th September 2011 Venue: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide Light refreshments will be served from 5.15 p.m. AGM to commence a..Read more>>

Australian Society of Archivists (SA Branch) Future directions

Welcomes members and friends to an ASA future directions forum and branch AGM. The forum will give members a chance to provide input and feedback on the direction of the Australian..Read more>>

Friends of South Australia's Archives AGM

Interested people are invited to the AGM of The Friends of South Australia's Archives, to be held on Tuesday 30 August 2011, commencing at 6 pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr..Read more>>

State History Conference 2011

In Perspective: Rethinking South Australia’s History’: National Wine Centre, Adelaide, 5-7 August 2011 Here is a link to the conference program ( more>>

John Hirst, South Australia & Australia - Reflections of their Histories

Born and educated in Adelaide, Dr Hirst is well-known both for his wide-ranging historical scholarship (as evidenced in numerous books, including Adelaide and the Country 1870-1914, Co..Read more>>

History Council of SA Annual Lecture 2012

Goolwa: 'From Mutton to MasterChef: change and constancy in Australia's food culture': Prof Barbara Santich of the University of Adelaide, one of Australia's foremost authorities on food a..Read more>>

Annual General Meeting 2016

Date: Thursday 15 September Time: 5.15 for 5.30 Venue: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of SA..Read more>>

Nominations for History Council SA Awards

Nominations for the History Council of South Australia History awards for 2014 are now closed. Details about the awards can be found here ( more>>

The Life and Work of CJ Dennis

In the 140th year of the birth of CJ Dennis, Dr Philip Butterss (Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide) and author of An Unsentimental Bloke, the Life and Work of CJ Dennis, will pre..Read more>>

About Time 2014 - History at the Movies: the Changing Role of Women

Presented by the HCSA and Flinders University as part of the About time - History Festival. Short docos from our historic collection reveal changing Australian attitudes to women s..Read more>>

History Council of SA 2014 Awards

Presentation of the History Council of South Australia's History awards. More information to be announced soon...Read more>>

HCSA Annual Lecture - Country 2014

Join us for the HCSA Annual Lecture Country on Thursday 28 August at 5.30pm Lecture to be given by Ron Gibbs, Historian and Author. Colonial South Australians, 1836–19..Read more>>

HCSA Annual Lecture - City and Annual General Meeting 2014

Join us for the HCSA Annual Lecture City Lecture on Friday 29 August at 5.30pm. To be preceeded by the HCSA Annual General Meeting at 4.30pm for 4.45pm. Lecture to be given by Ron..Read more>>

Doing History

School students, history teachers, and community groups coming together to ‘do history’. What’s new? What’s next? Are you interested in making connections between local schools an..Read more>>

Whalers in South Australia : History, archaeology and culture contact

Whalers often visited remote coasts to hunt their prey, and whaling stations were sites of early and prolonged contact between Aboriginal people and the colonisers. At Encounter ..Read more>>

Australian Lives : An Intimate History

This special event is presented to you by the History Council of South Australia, in conjunction with Oral History Australia SA/NT Branch. It will feature: the launch of the bo..Read more>>

History Council of SA 2017 Awards Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards. Nominations must be received by 5pm Wednesday 26 April 2017. For nomination forms and categories please visit http://www.historycounc..Read more>>

South Australian History Awards 2017

31 May: To celebrate the end of the 2017 History Festival join us at this gala event where we will acknowledge the achievements of Historians in South Australia and the nomination..Read more>>

Camels, cockerels and governors. Thinking with the photographs of EL Mitchell.

Camels, cockerels and governors. Thinking with the photographs of E.L. Mitchell. Illustrated talk by Dr Joanna Sassoon. For nearly 100 years E.L. Mitchell’s emblematic photogra..Read more>>

History Council South Australia 2015 Annual Lectures

This year's annual lecture will be presented by Dr Rosalie Triolo on the subject of 'Our schools and the Great War'. Dr Triolo will present the lecture twice, in the City and Mount..Read more>>

Nominations for Wakefield Press Essay Prize

More information about the prize and how to enter can be found on our South Australian History Awards page (/history-prizes) ..Read more>>

10 May Workshop : Digital tools and methods for the adventurous Historian

The aim of this workshop is to: Introduce the digital humanities -- what is it and how can it help? Raise awareness of digital tools and methods for historical research Pro..Read more>>

14 July Annual Lecture: The Encounters exhibition - the view from the inside

The Encounters exhibition – the view from inside In late November 2015 the National Museum of Australia opened Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Stra..Read more>>

30 July History Council 2015 Awards Presentation

Presentation of HCSA’s History awards by the Governor of SA, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, at a reception hosted by His Excellency and Mrs Le at Government House (invitation onl..Read more>>

A Capital Collection

Capital Collection was conceived to celebrate four major events in the development of the National Capital that conveyed a sense of time, place and personalities through the fashion wo..Read more>>

Annual General Meeting 2015

History Council’s 13th AGM, followed by the two joint Wakefield Prize winners each presenting a short talk. Date: Friday 18 September Time: 4.30 for 4.45 Venue: Hetze..Read more>>

History Council of SA 2015 Awards Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2015 awards. Nominations must be received by 5pm Friday 29 May 2015. For nomination forms and categories please visit more>>

Interned: Torrens Island 1914-1915

Observations of camp life survive in the compelling photographs of Paul Dubotzki and the diary of professional boxer Frank Bungardy. Brought together in this exhibition, these sources ..Read more>>

State History Conference

The 2015 State History Conference will be held in Robe, South Australia. Call for papers covering a broad range of themes are due to History SA on 20 March 2015. For more informat..Read more>>

Value of Artefacts

On Tuesday 16th April, Michael Treloar of Antiquarian Booksellers will give a short talk titled The value of artefacts – matters arising, discussing value from the perspectives o..Read more>>


  • Caring for collections and How to Fund It

    Two workshop dates available in September and October 2018

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