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Our History

Incorporated in 2003, HCSA evolved from an informal ‘History Alliance’ initiated by the History Teachers Association of SA in the mid-1990s. Past presidents have included Professor Emeritus Alison Mackinnon AM, Professor Emeritus Wilfrid Prest and former Premier of South Australia Dr John Bannon AO. 

Advocacy has been wide-ranging and has involved frequent consultation with members, meetings with MPs and Ministers and state and local government officers, media releases and letters. 

The HCSA has advocated for reinstating history as a subject in school curricula, preserving the last working boatyards at Port Adelaide, gaining government support to commemorate SA’s 175th anniversary, keeping National Archives in Adelaide, establishing a Museum of Adelaide, and reinstating former levels of state funding for history and heritage in SA.

Distinguished Australian historians who have presented the HCSA’s Annual Lecture include Susan Magarey, Eric Richards, Henry Reynolds, Stuart Macintyre, Angela Woollacott and Barbara Santich. 

The HCSA’s inaugural annual Awards were presented in 2012 to Skye Krichauff (Emerging Historian of the Year), Dr Susan Marsden (South Australian Lifelong History Achievement), and Professor Eric Richards (South Australian Historian of the Year).


  • Doing History

    Monday 7 August 5.30-7.30
    Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio
    State Library SA

    School students, history teachers, and community groups coming together to ‘do history’. What’s new? What’s next?

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  • Whalers in South Australia : History, archaeology and culture contact

    Friday 11 August 6pm-8pm
    Victor Harbor Library
    Bringing together historical and archaeological perspectives, this lecture treads challenging ground between cultural contact and nineteenth-century labour relations, unravelling what it meant to be a useful and productive whaler in 1830s South Australia, and how whaling may have affected Ngarrindjeri/Ramindjeri cultural traditions.

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  • Australian Lives : An Intimate History

    Saturday 9 September 4.30pm-6pm
    Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of SA
    This special event is presented to you by the History Council of South Australia, in conjunction with Oral History Australia SA/NT Branch.

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  • Nominations for Wakefield Companion to SA History Essay Prize

    Nominations must be received by 5pm Friday 15 December 2017.

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