Connecting with our past

Thursday, May 11: A Journey into a Slice of Antartic History presented by Alexandrina Libraries at Strathalbyn Library Community Centre 2-2.30pm. Be transported into the land of ice and hear some of the history behind scientific exploration of Antarctica with Brian Gaull, geophysicist and author.

Thursday, 11: A Short & Sweet History Tour of The Australasian, Cadell St, Goolwa 1-1.30pm. Drop in to the state heritage-listed Australasian for a short and sweet guided history tour. We finish with current owner Juliet Michell’s links to Goolwa.

Thursday, 11: Alexandrina Council Local Heritage Awards presented by Alexandrina Libraries at Langhorne Creek School 6-8pm. Help the community celebrate its built heritage in the Alexandrina Council district. To be held at the recently restored Langhorne Creek Old School.

Thursday, 4: An introduction to Family History Research with State Records presented by Alexandrina Libraries at Goolwa Council Chambers 2-3pm.

Sundays May 7 & 21: Boats of Milang at Port Milang presented by Milang & District Historical Society at Milang Museum10am-4pm. A display of photos and memorabilia of the boats based at Milang from the 1850s to the present, including a dinghy used in the fishing industry and built in Milang in 1916. Entry fee includes refreshments. Parts of display are accessible by wheelchair.

Thur, 11; Sat 13, Sun 14, Wed 17: Boats on the Bremer presented by Potts Vintage Collection at Langhorne Creek Hub noon-4pm. The Potts family of Langhorne Creek built boats for trading and yacht racing on Lake Alexandrina and the Murray. Join local historians, hear the local stories, see beautifully crafted models and enjoy ‘ship’s biscuit’ and port. Tours of the Bremer (bus 1-4pm) on Sat 13 & Wed 17.

Saturday 6: From Birth to Death at Christ Church, Yankalilla at Christ Church Yankalilla 11am-2.30pm.

Saturday 6: Ghosts of Willunga Past presented by Willunga Branch, National Trust SA at St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery 2-4pm. Join National Trust members at Willunga’s St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery. Find out more about Willunga’s slate gravestones, and discover the characters and conflicts of Willunga’s fascinating past.

Sunday 28: High Tea and Harmony presented by Strathalbyn-Alexandrina Singers at Strathalbyn Town Hall 2-4pm.

Friday 26: In Light’s Footsteps presented by Club Fleurieu at Club Fleurieu, Yankalilla 1-1.30pm. Many know Light designed our beautiful Adelaide but few know the story of Light’s first steps on the mainland. On this coach tour Dr Margaret Morgan includes journal extracts as she relates the story with stops at historic sites along the way from Rapid Bay to Yankalilla. Afternoon tea included.

Saturday 20 & Wednesday 24: Mundoo Island Station Historic Tour Coorong presented by Mundoo Island Station & Coorong Tourism from 10.30am-noon. Enjoy a 90 min tour of this unique cattle and sheep station that runs over a series of islands in the heart of the Coorong at the River Murray’s mouth. We begin on Hindmarsh Island and progress across the Mundoo Barrage to Mundoo Island where the historical story unfolds.

Throughout May: Old Lace, New Lace presented by Encounter Lacemakers at Victor Harbor Public Library Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Friday 12: Old Yankalilla at Yankalilla & District Historical Society at The Centre 2-4pm.

Sat 13 & 20 and Wed 24: Open Day at Glenbarr Homestead presented by Strathalbyn Friends of Glenbarr at Glenbarr Homestead 10am-3pm.

Every Thur & Sun: Port Elliot – Keeping History Alive presented by Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum at Port Elliot Showgrounds 10.30m-3pm; exhibition opening Sat, May 27, 11am. Discover how we lived before the 1960s. The opening of our new, unique, History of Fashion display, 11am Sat 27 May. Over 30 original, exact, ½-size fashion costumes from 1788-1950. See our dairy exhibition and board the restored Granite Island train. Working exhibits of farm machinery.

Sat 6 & Sun 7: Pride, Passion and Propaganda – A WWI Poster Exhibition presented by Second Valley Progress Association at Second Valley Soldiers Memorial Hall 1-5pm. Be transported to a time when Empire called and Patriotism was born. Learn about the named 40 who served and centenary celebration plans.

Daily except May 6: Remnant Treasures presented by Gaynor Hartvigsen’s Stonemill Studio 11am-5pm (call to confirm). Experience a fascinating mix of art and history in Gaynor Hartvigsen’s StoneMill Meet with the artist and view her work in mixed media incorporating found remnants of earlier times.

Wed 3 noon-4pm & Sat 20 1.15-3.45pm: Resource Room Open Afternoon presented by Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group at Noarlunga Uniting Church.

6-28: Rustic Blues presented by and located at Strathalbyn Helen Stacey Gallery & Studio on Wed-Sun 11am-4.30pm & Mon-Tue by appointment. Landscapes of the region reveal signs of colonisation and settlement, awareness of gain and loss, beauty and starkness. Also artwork by Aboriginal artist Freda Jadaawa Mills.

Friday 5 & every weekend except Sun 28: Strathalbyn Rag Rug Studio presented by Australian Rugmakers Guild at Studio Blue 11am-4pm.

Every Wed & Sun: The Cockle Train presented by SteamRanger Heritage Railway at Goolwa Railway Station. Trains depart 10am, 12.15 & 2.45pm.

Wednesday, 31: The Curious History of Currency Creek presented at Currency Creek Hall 1-4pm.

Wednesday 10: The Stories behind the Headstones presented by Currency Creek Advisory Committee Alexandrina Council at Currency Creek Historic Cemetery from 2.30-4.30pm.

Sun 7 & 14; Sat 13: Theatrical Historical Tour Down by the Riverside presented by Strathalbyn Uniting Church at Strathalbyn Library 10am-noon.

3-31: Three In One presented by Strathalbyn Stationmaster’s Gallery at Stationmaster’s Gallery 10am-4pm.

Wednesday, 24: Tour of Yankalilla Public Cemetery presented by Yankalilla & District Historical Society 2-3.30pm.

Sunday 7 & 21: Trains and Boats and a Horse presented by Port Milang Historic Railway Museum at Milang Railway Museum 10am, noon, 2pm. In the early years of SA, the River Murray was the main transport route for produce from the eastern colonies. Learn how Milang was the busiest inland port in Australia up to 1880. Join a guided bus tour of the pioneers, places, machines, industries and transportation that made it possible.

Wednesday 17 & Sunday 21: Victor Harbor Cemetery Tour presented by Encounter Bay Family History Group at Main gate, Victor Harbor Cemetery 10.30am & 2pm.10.30am & 2pm. Journey in time with us to discover the colourful and diverse history of beautiful Currency Creek. Discover the origins of this fascinating town, originally planned as the big ‘City of the South’, and meet some interesting locals and buildings from years gone by.

Saturday 27: Watervilla House Historical Evening: Gentry & Nobility Ball at Watervilla House, Strathalbyn, 7.30pm. ‘End of Social Season Ball’ at Watervilla House (circa 1850) Strathalbyn. Black tie. Includes refined string quartet music, historical speaker, performances by the Strathalbyn Players and tours through the house.

Tue 2, Sat 13 & 27, Sun 14 & 28: Willunga History since 1839 presented by Willunga Branch National Trust of SA at Willunga Courthouse Museum 1-4pm.

Saturday 6: Willunga Slate Carvings: Solving the Mysteries presented by Willunga Branch, National Trust of SA at Show Hall, 11am-12.30pm.

Sunday 7: Willunga Slate: How it was Quarried; How it was worked presented by Willunga Branch, National Trust of SA at Willunga Slate Museum 1.30pm at Museum and 2.30-4pm at Slate Quarry.