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Come and see this pop-up museum all about women
There will be a pop-up museum exhibition for the South Australian History Festival. This will be run by the Port Adelaide Historical Society. A pop-up museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate.

This will be on Sunday 5th May 2019 from 12 noon to 4.00 pm. The venue will be the Port Adelaide Historical Society Museum, 95 Fletcher Road, Peterhead.

Participants will be able to write a label for their object and leave it on display. Pop-up museums aim to bring people together in conversation through stories, objects and photos.

So bring along something that reflects the theme of 'Women in Port Adelaide'. The curators of the museum will help you label and display it. They will also record your story for the Living Museum collection if you so wish them to.

The pop-up museum will then be available for viewing each Sunday from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. throughout the South Australian History Festival. This goes until the 31st May.

You can also join the organisers for coffee and some cake!

ABOUT THE THEME - Women of the Port
History books about important people connected with Port Adelaide and environs usually feature men:

Ship's Captains
Business Men
Land Holders
Service Personnel

This is not really surprising given the historical social structures of those days. With a few exceptions stories of Port Adelaide women, women's movements and women's groups tend to have only appeared occasionally in any publications.

Therefore it is stimulating to hear of Denise George's new biography 'Mary Lee' who was a suffragist and social activist. She was "was determined to leave the world a better place" (Wakefield Press) and she had port connections. She was inspired by a bequest to honour the lives, memory and contribution of the late Lawrie Shields who was a long-time PAHS historian, secretary and Portonian editor. He had a very supportive wife and committee member Dorothy. The Society has initiated a project of research in order to bring together a collection of historical material about 'Women of Port Adelaide'.

The idea of this is for a potential publication in modern and traditional media. These may be women who are household-names or who have many important connections with the district such as:

Kate Cocks
Mary MacKillop
Margaret Har
Adelaide Miethke
Margaret Preston
Or themes such as First People, Suffrage, Temperance, Welfare, Education, Convents, Nurses in WW1 and so on.

One of the interesting features is that women seemed more at the forefront of humanitarian ventures than their male counterparts - the relationship and caring factors. However, there will also be fascinating stories or small bits from stories about unknown or less-known women.

This would make interesting reading and feature such women as Catherine Forbes who made news headlines when she suffered a tragedy. Her artist husband drowned mysteriously in the Port River and she later made tragic news again when she herself was killed by a train at a Glanville crossing.

Perhaps some people will resonate with one or more of the following themes and have records of key women or groups of women. Or perhaps you may know of someone who has.

Here are just some of the potential themes:

Indigenous people
The Colony's pioneering women
Health and welfare
Suffrage and trade unions
World War 1 at home (e.g. Cheer Up Society) and abroad (e.g nurses)
Hotels, temperance and brothels
Arts and music
Accidents and incidents
Sport and recreation
The Depression

You can register for this free event at this Eventbrite link and find out more at their Facebook page.

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Why? For an interesting afternoon and pop-up museum
When: to 31st May 2019
Where: Port Adelaide Historical Society Museum, 95 Fletcher Road, Peterhead 5016
Cost: FREE
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