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Come by day or night, and take a look at a beautiful sight
The Ayers House Museum on North Terrace in Adelaide City, is a National Trust listed property. This was the home of a wealthy Adelaide man Sir Henry Ayers and family during the early days. Ayers became premier of South Australia seven times, and was involved in the Burra Mine. The grand mansion and gardens are now a museum and they will be holding some special activities and events during History Month in May. Some events will be extended into June.
There are a host of wonderful old things to photograph in old houses. Image by Gellinger on pixabay.com
OPEN DAY On Sunday 3rd May, Ayers House will hold an open day to launch history month. This will be a special opportunity to view inside this historic property and view rooms not usually accessible to the public. Also available during the day will be an Open Air Cafe, Market Stalls and Entertainment. Entry is free to this event. No photography is allowed inside the buildings.
A NIGHT AT AUSTRAL HOUSE
If you would like to see something of the place at night here is something different on Friday evenings, the 8th and the 22nd of May. There are two time slots to choose from. Austral House a smaller house than the main one, will hold "A Night at Austral House". This will be a one hour tour of entertainment and theatre where you will see history come to life rather than just learning someone talk. It will be a combination of history with entertainment. This will be a fantastic experience to observe what was happening at this very same building during the war years a century before. The session will be based on the happenings at the same venue during 1918 when returned soldiers and sailors were using the property. For prices and tickets see eventbrite here. But hurry as spaces are limited.
The Austral House After Dark tours will also be extended to June. The dates will be 12th, 19th and 26th of June 2015, however you will need to contact Ayers house for ticketing information.
Ayers House Museum Photography tours will be run during the About Time Heritage Month celebrations. Normally on regular openings and tours, photography is not allowed inside the old building. So this is a very special opportunity to photograph the inside and most of the fine antique furniture and fittings within. Some very special artifacts will be exempt from this due to the damage that can be caused by the harsh light of flash photography. These tours will be fully supervised, with a guide taking you on a half hour orientation tour. Then you have another two and a half hours to wander and revel in this great photo taking. Inside old houses have their own special ambiance and taking photos in the dim lighting may present a challenge to budding or even experienced photographers. The photography tours are priced at $50 plus booking fee on Eventbrite here Daytime Photography Tour- 10 May 2015 from 10am - 1pm Twilight Photography Tour - 13 May 2015 from 4-7pm After Dark Photography Tour - 27 May 2015 from 6-9pm
A rare opportunity to photograph inside the Ayers House Museum. Image by Antranias on pixabay.com
The original land that Ayers House occupied was a huge area that extended many acres, back into Rundle Street. In November 1914 the newly laid gardens, complete with an enclosed wooden stage and a huge seating area was opened with a grand gala night. It was to become a popular venue for Adelaide socialites to attend concerts and hob nob together. In the tradition of bringing history alive, Austral House gardens are will once again hold an evening soiree with all the entertainment of 100 years ago. The event will be from 7pm to 9pm on Saturday the 30th May only. There are only 70 general admission tickets at $20 on eventbrite here
Ayers House from North Terrace, Adelaide. Image from wikicommons
This building is now a treasured remnant of days gone by and has some magnificent features including a hand painted ceiling, said to be the best in Australia. It is a fabulous part of Adelaide's heritage, so if you have never been before, do go and take a visit during heritage month. If you cant make it then the museum has regular daytime opening hours for tours.