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Published May 30th 2017
History of Life on The Fleurieu
Having lived on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula now for over six years, I keep thinking I will soon run out of new places and experiences to discover. Except I keep proving myself wrong each time something new presents itself. This proliferation of places and experiences certainly keeps me busy and prevents me from doing too much housework.
My most recent discovery is the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum in Port Elliot. The museum has been open in its present form since 2014. It combines the collections of the late David Coote of Middleton and the late Ken Ekers of Mt Compass.
So the story goes, David's dream was to have his collection of farm machinery housed in a museum and Ron wanted to build a museum for his farming machinery as well as domestic furniture, utensils and trinkets.
I visited recently and was welcomed by Kaye and her colleagues, a band of dedicated volunteers and passionate history buffs. Kaye showed me around the 'domestic' displays where whole rooms had been created to remind us of by-gone days.
Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum has recently unveiled a new display, entitled "History of Fashion, 1788-1956".
The costumes displayed were made over a period of time from 1981 to 2000 By Brian Reader, a British Immigrant to Australia with an interest in Drama and Theatre. Brian began making costumes for actors when he was a University student in Adelaide in the early seventies. He had no previous training or experience in pattern making or sewing and taught himself from scratch. Brian began making full-size costumes for department store windows and other exhibits and later included miniatures in his collection