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  Discovering SA's History

The Historical Society of South Australia meets on the first Friday of the month from February to November in the Burnside Community Centre. Each meeting features a presentation from an invited speaker.

Our speakers come from all walks of life and are well versed in their subjects. They speak for about 50 minutes and questions are encouraged at the conclusion of the talk or during the supper which follows.

Meetings commence at 7:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome. Non members pay a small cover charge of $5 (includes supper)

In addition to the monthly meetings, the Society organises field trips and other activities during the year in our Visiting SA's History program. Click here for details

  Burnside Community Centre location
Speakers Corner 1918Speakers Corner,
Botanic Park, 1918

[SLSA PRG 280/1/18/70]
  Discovering SA's History – Our Guest Speakers in 2017

3 February – Professor Barbara Santich

Confectionery in Australia in the nineteenth and early twentieth century

3 March - Cynthia Wynne
The Barwell Boys: Centenary of SA’s British Farm Apprentices

7 April – Dr Tom Gara
The “Petrified Native” from Naracoorte: Aboriginal remains, fakes and con-men

5 May  – Dr Don Hopgood, AO
Jitterbugging with the Yanks – The Adelaide dance scene in World War II (includes Annual General Meeting)

2 June – Lady Mayoress, Genevieve Haese
The Lady of the Town Hall: The Lady Mayoresses of the City of Adelaide

7 JulyProfessor Philip Payton
“Where were the golden streets?” The Rise and Fall of John Verran and the World’s First Majority Labor Government

4 August – Dr Bernard Whimpress
Sunday Extras: Byways in Sports History

1 September – Madeline Regan
From the Veneto to Frogmore and Findon Roads: Stories of Italian market gardeners 1920s – 1970s

6 October Pamela Rajkowski
Elder’s Innovation – Camels and Afghans: from Bikaner to Beltana

3 November Samela Harris and Peter Goers
Max Harris: Celebrated poet, bookseller and commentator (followed by End-of-Year Celebration)

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