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6 Fascinating Events at the SA History Festival 2016

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Published April 8th 2016
All About History and Heritage the South Australian Way
6 Fascinating Events at the SA History Festival 2016
South Australia's History Festival occurs each May, and is a long awaited event for those of us in South Australia who live and breathe history. This is the one month of each year, where closed doors are opened and activities which are not offered at any other time, are showcased for one and all. While this is just a small selection of what is on offer, here is my selection of the most fascinating activities to attend at the History Festival this May. See the SA History Festival website for more information and see what else my intrigue you!



Imagine the Past: Traditional Crafts, Skills and Trades

Many of us lament that the old trades are long gone, so for those who like to use their hands and their brains in a creative way, Imagine the Past: Traditional Crafts, Skills and Trades should get us thinking and being creative.

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People in Period Costume, Photo Courtesy of SA History Festival Website


To be held at the Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf on Sunday 1 May 2016 from 11 am to 4pm, this event will have you experiencing the activities of a 19th century village with demonstrations of traditional crafts, skills and trades such as basket weaving, dry stone walling, wood turning, blacksmithing, butter churning, spinning, weaving, felt making, pottery, washing day and period costumes.

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Butter Churning, Photo Courtesy of SA History Festival Website


There will be heaps of opportunities for you to try your hand at the tasks and crafts and what better place to be than in Hahndorf with its myriad of pubs and cafes to enjoy a bite of lunch.

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Hahndorf, Photo by Yeti Hunter, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


Entry is free.

Adelaide Heritage Tours: Z Ward, Behind the Walls

If you are looking for something just a little bit spooky, this tour is sure to please.

To be held at Z Ward Glenside Hospital, on Sunday 1 May and Saturday 14 May 2016 at 2 pm, this event costs $15 adults, $12 concession, $8 child, $40 family and $10 for National Trust Members. Entry is from 63 Conyngham Street, Glenside.

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Z Ward Glenside Hospital / Image Courtesy of Dave Walsh at Weekend Notes


In 1846 the first purpose run asylum was established on the current site of the Glenside Hospital, following the segregation of 12 inmates at the Adelaide Gaol due to described mental illnesses highlighting the need for a purpose built facility. This facility later moved to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, due to the need to expand.

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Z Ward Glenside Hospital / Image Courtesy of Dave Walsh at Weekend Notes


Originally being named Parkside Lunatic Asylum, the Glenside Hospital opened in 1870 and became home for Adelaide chronic mental health patients along with those nearing the end of their lives, suffering from undiagnosed diseases, unmarried women with children and prostitutes. Conditions and treatments were known to be varied and often brutal and cruel. Z Ward became the home for the criminally insane, which had a very different meaning then, than it does now.

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Z Ward Glenside Hospital / Image Courtesy of Dave Walsh at Weekend Notes


Z Ward has been long said to be haunted, and this is your opportunity to see for yourself. What experiences might you have in Glenside Hospital's Z Ward?

Bookings are essential and can be made online.

Where Did I Come From: Genealogy Seminars with Graham Jaunay

Who do you think you are? If you have ever wondered what your family history is, these seminars presented by Graham Jaunay are sure to be fascinating and are designed to help you get started on researching your family tree.

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Family Tree Example, Photo Courtesy of Takato Marui, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic


The seminar will focus on - Where did I come from? Organising, recording and preserving your family history, Identifying and dating nineteenth century family photographs and Pitfalls in family history research.

I have done significant work in my own family tree research, and wish that I had access to this type of seminar when I first started back in the 1980's. I have found out fascinating information about my family, such as the relative who abandoned his wife and children only to be found later with another wife and family, or most significantly, when I found that my great grandfather had died for his country on the Somme. I later journeyed to Pozieres to see his name on the memorial wall, and continue my quest to find out more about him.

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Pozieres, Photo Courtesy of Bruce Vandersluis Images


These seminars will be held at the Strathalbyn Library Community Centre, 1 Colman Terrace, Strathalbyn on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 11 am, 1.30 pm and 3 pm. Each talk will go for approximately 1 hour.

Seminars are free. Bookings are essential and can be made online.

An Afternoon of Dance and Displayed Costumes

For an afternoon of family friendly music, dance and period costumes, come along to An Afternoon of Dance and Displayed Costumes to be held at the Payneham Masonic Hall, Cnr Payneham Road and Wear Avenue, Marden on Sunday 15 May 2016 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

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Photo Courtesy of SA History Festival Website


There will be costumes from the Georgian (late 1700s) period to the Edwardian (early 1900s) period with accompanying traditional dances. No experience is necessary as the instructions for all dances will be provided along with afternoon tea.

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Photo Courtesy of SA History Festival Website


Entry is free and bookings are not required.

History Day at Adelaide Gaol

The Old Adelaide Gaol is absolutely fascinating from an architectural and a ghostly perspective.

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Old Adelaide Gaol, Photo Courtesy of Bruce Vandersluis Images


On Sunday 22 May 2016 from 10 am to 4pm, the Old Adelaide Gaol at 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton will open its door for a day of exploration and history. The Gaol will be filled with people in period costume to recreate the atmosphere from 175 years ago when the Gaol first opened.

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Tower Old Adelaide Gaol, Photo Courtesy of Bruce Vandersluis Images


There will be food and drink stalls and a new exhibition display for curious minds.

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Courtyard Old Adelaide Gaol, Photo Courtesy of Bruce Vandersluis Images


If you are curious about the Gaol and ghostly events, read my article on my experiences in the Gaol.

Entry is $3 per person and bookings are not required.

History Book Sale: New and Used

As a writer, I love books, and the older the better!

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Books, Photo by Ginny, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic


The Clare Regional History Group receive many donations to their collection and sometimes there are duplicates. These along with a selection of books, CDs and cards which are produced by the group and significantly old copies of the Northern Argus are being offered for sale at this event.

The Book Sale will be held at the Clare Town Hall Foyer, 229 Main North Road, Clare on Friday 27 May 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm.

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Clare Town Hall, Photo Courtesy of SA History Festival Website


Entry is free and bookings are not required. Enquiries can be made to Helen Perry on 8842 4100 or Val Tilbrook on 8842 2376 or email clarehistory@internode.on.net.
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Why? A great way to learn all about our amazing state.
When: 1 May to 31 May 2016
Where: All over South Australia
Cost: Ranges from free to paid events
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