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Take a Walk on the Wild Side With Keith Conlon


Many Weekend Notes readers will already be familiar with the About Time History Festival. Every year in May, History SA presents the festival with a huge program of things to do to celebrate the history of South Australia.

This year there are literally hundreds of fun things to do during the history festival scattered all about South Australia. From the Flinders Ranges to the Limestone Coast and everywhere between, History SA have coaxed local communities to curate their curios, put on exhibitions, and hold historical walking tours.

There are far too many paid and free things to do during the festival for me to cover them all. You'll find a random selection of my choices listed below. If you don't like the selections, just pick up an About Time History Festival program from your local library, download the About Time phone app, or visit the website and Facebook page.

A couple of tips before we look at what's on in Adelaide for the history festival: many events need booking in advance - do it EARLY. Free events - especially those hosted by Adelaide oracle Keith Conlon - are often booked out in no time at all.

And when you take part in the history festival do remember to take some photos that capture the spirit of the festival. Upload your photos to Instagram including #captureAT and the tag @historyfestival in the caption, and you could win a great prize.

Adelaide CBD

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Discover the History of Adelaide - Cruising Popeye on the River Torrens


About Time brings us heaps of fun things to do in Adelaide throughout May. Discover the dark secrets of Adelaide Arcade and the supernatural stories of the city.

Learn more about crime and punishment in Adelaide on a Popeye cruise with Floating Melodies, or venture into Thebarton Barracks for the SA Police Museum Open Day. Just be sure that they let you out!

The $3 discount entry day at old Adelaide Gaol is always a huge hit, so be early if you want to visit there.

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Threee Dollar Day at Old Adelaide Gaol


Listen to gay historian Ian Purcell tell the tragic tale of a double suicide in colonial times. Why did such well respected men feel driven take their own lives?

Guided tours of West Terrace cemetery are proving popular with tourists and locals alike. As we commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli, why not take a walk with the Anzacs?

Many of the buildings in Adelaide date back to colonial times. Explore the city on an Art Deco walking tour to find some secret surprises.

After the strenuous exertion of all these activities, you may develop a thirst. Some of my favourite pubs are in Adelaide's south west corner. If you're not familiar with them you can find our more about the history of Adelaide on a pub trail, and quench your thirst at the same time.

Eastern Suburbs

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Take the Eastwood Walk: The Elms in Glenside Hospital


Take the Eastwood Walk to explore the amazing history of Glenside Hospital precinct before the government turns it into a high density housing estate for battery chook style living.

Learn about the SA Government Electrician who changed not only South Australia, but the nation - a presentation from the Burnside Historical Society and the inquiring mind of Richard Venus.

If you think the history of Adelaide can be dry, then head over to the Local History Kiosk launch at Burnside Library - wine and nibbles are included in the entry fee.

Northern Suburbs

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Historic Tours at SA Aviation Museum


Three museums in Port Adelaide give you the chance to get your hands dirty during the About Time History Festival. At the National Railway Museum you'll be allowed behind the scenes, while the SA Aviation Museum is holding guided tours with the opportunity to explore four aircraft.

It's usually quite difficult to get on a tour of the Torrens Island Quarantine Station, During the history festival the Maritime Museum are offering eight extra tours. Book early!

Southern Suburbs

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Glenthorne Farm - Part of World War 1 History of South Australia


Down south of Adelaide the South Australian Museum will showcase the little known World War 1 history of the Light Horse Remount Depot at Glenthorne Farm.

Railway enthusiasts will be on track with a tour that takes in Adelaide Hills railway stations at Mitcham, Blackwood and Belair.

Out West

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There's Lots of Fun for Kids at Fort Glanville


Fort Glanville showcases military history in SA with an open day, but for a really special way to see the fort, take the Lamplight Tour.

Unfortunately the government is still preventing people from visiting Fort Largs while they desperately look for a developer to buy it. How disrespectful is it to sell the historic fort in this Anzac centenary year?

The ETSA Museum stars in two events this year. See appliances through the ages, and working models of power stations, with a flashy finale of artificial lightning. Or join History SA on a bus tour of community history gems in Regional SA - with meals included!

The Hindmarsh Museum has a fantastic collection of historic photos and things from days gone by. Take a look for just a gold coin admission.

Adelaide Hills

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Take a Trip to Strathalbyn on Steamranger Heritage Railway


Head for the Adelaide Hills to catch the grand opening of the Nairne Museum. I wonder if they have anything about the Chapman's Smallgoods Factory which lies derelict on the edge of town.

The Wartime Antiques Roadshow in Macclesfield is just the place to bring your memorabilia for identification. Or have A Good Yarn at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill Museum in Lobethal.

Another event for railway enthusiasts will transport you in style to Strathalbyn for a Rail, Film and History Day. Best book early for that too.

Whatever you choose to do for the About Time History Festival, be sure to enjoy - you have to wait a year for the next one!
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