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Take a Guided Tour of Parliament House Adelaide for South Australia's History Festival


South Australia's History Festival has had a minor name change from the About Time History Festival, but it's still jam packed with exciting things to do once again.

This year there are more than six hundred events being held all about South Australia. From the near ghost town Terowie and Quorn bordering the Flinders Ranges, to the lovely Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier in the south, you will find fun things to do to celebrate our history.

You can find the printed program in libraries and council chambers, or just download the program or an app from the History Festival website. You can also follow South Australia's History Festival on Facebook here.

Do remember that popular events book out very quickly, so if reservations are required then book early. When the Elms and Glenside Hospital walking tour was advertised on the Protect Glenside Hospital Facebook page, hundreds of tickets were completely sold out within ten minutes.

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Open Day at Old Adelaide Gaol for South Australia's History Festival


In Adelaide
There many events in Adelaide city, but one of the most popular every year is the History Day at Old Adelaide Gaol. For just $3 per person you can spend the whole day exploring the gaol.

Take an Adelaide Heritage Walk from the selection offered by National Trust SA, visit the SA Police Museum, discover Adelaide's hidden secrets on a Dark History tour, or visit a disused 1885 coffee saloon.

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The Air Outside: Fun For Kids at Z Ward


History Festival Events East of Adelaide
In the leafy suburbs east of Adelaide during the History Festival you can explore the heritage listed buildings occupied by the Adelaide School of Art in the Glenside Hospital precinct (bookings essential). Unfortunately the Day Tours at Z Ward are now booked out until June but the night time Ghost Tours and a new Murder and Madness tour are still available.

Families with children will love The Air Outside - a new historical treasure hunt which is great fun for kids, with musical entertainment from a string quartet.

Alternatively visit a disused silver mine or take the Norwood Footy Club Kitbag Tour (free event).

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Graffiti From the Past - on History SA's Inner Harbour History Cruise


History Festival Events North of Adelaide
The Inner Harbor History Cruise on the Archie Badenoch from the Maritime Museum Port Adelaide is excellent value for just $5, and afterwards you can take a guided tour on board the clipper ship City of Adelaide. Visit the Austbuilt Maritime Museum or research your family history north of Adelaide at another free event. I'm particularly looking forward to History Repeats Itself, a free event showcasing historical images of the Prospect area in a virtual exhibition online. Another intriguing walking tour is Early Eating Houses of Adelaide (free event).

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Railway Memorabilia at Belair Railway Station


History Festival Events South of Adelaide
Many family events are being hosted south of Adelaide by the City of Holdfast Bay. Most are inexpensive and they all look exciting things to do.

In Mitcham take a free self guided train tour of heritage places, visit a private Museum of Radio (free event), or take a guided tour of the northern precinct of Belair National Park and see the oldest maze in Australia.

Unlock the secrets of historic Glenthorne Farm with a special display from the Army Museum of South Australia. You'll learn about the heritage precinct, and how areas are being re-vegetated by the Friends of Glenthorne (bookings essential).

Also from the Army Museum SA, you can go for a heritage walking tour of Keswick Barracks and the Army Museum. Here's a link to all Army Museum events.

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See This Old Sign at Le Cornu's on the Chrysler History Tour


History Festival Events West of Adelaide
West of Adelaide Fort Glanville is holding an Open Day, and also a special night time viewing of the Fort by Lamplight which will be very atmospheric.

Travel the Chrysler History Tour by bus with the National Motor Museum. You'll discover how cars were once made in the Le Cornu's building before production moved to the Tonsley Park factory. There soon won't be many traces left of Chrysler at Tonsley when the new housing development starts.

Unfortunately History SA's Magical Mystery Tour about South Australia is already booked out, but you can still see the Sir Thomas Playford ETSA Museum. Event details here.

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A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity at Terowie: The Lost Stories of Henry Hoke


Country SA
South Australia's History Festival events are held in country towns all about South Australia, but one of the most unusual events will take place in Terowie. The Institute of Backyard Studies is revealing the Lost Stories of Henry Hoke, after an investigative reporter from the ABC spilled the beans aboutThe Lost Tools of Henry Hoke in a TV series.

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Could These Be the Lost Tools of Henry Hoke? (Image: Institute of Backyard Studies)


Come to the Terowie Institute to feast your eyes on some of the great inventions of this Australian legend. It's not known whether the Great Man will attend, but those who knew of him are encouraged to share their recollections of the world of Hoke's Bluff. Bookings essential.

While you're in Terowie, pop over to Quorn to re-live the excitement of steam engine travel from the golden years of the South Australian Railways. There will be plenty of fun things to do for kids too, thanks to the Pichi Richi Railway.

Down in Mount Gambier, Then and Now is a unique photography display that uses digital techniques to contrast old and current images of Mount Gambier. It's amazing when you see images of the same place separated by a century.

Meanwhile Meningie's birthday celebrations continue with an Open Day at the Meningie Cheese Factory Museum (free event). For something more active come to the Blades of Glencoe - a lively re-enactment of Australia's shearing history with lots of fun things to do.
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Why? History SA pulls out all stops to find exciting things to do for the History Festival
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