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heritage living | south Australia edition 02 | May 2013

Inside this issue

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open gardens australia

Conservation Appeal

Workers work of art Sue Scheiffers

| NTSA Vice President

Pride of place in the Wallaroo Maritime Museum displays is occupied by a very large and beautiful Wallaroo Waterside Workers Federation banner. The banner was painted in 1909 by Port Adelaide artist C M McLennan and was carried at the head of Labour Day Parades through the town until 1961. The Wallaroo Branch of the Waterside Workers Federation of Australia was formed as a SubBranch of the Amalgamated Workers Association of Port Pirie on 9 June 1902. They donated the banner to the National Trust in 1979. It was in a poor condition until 2006/07 when it was restored at Artlab using a History Trust grant. Located in the Old Post Office (1865) in Wallaroo, this NTSA museum holds many other interesting displays, some of which tell stories about the fact that it was a mining town as well as an outlet for the vast grain crops of the Yorke Peninsula. top and left Detail right Detail

of back of Waterside Workers Association banner, Photo: Sue Scheiffers

of Waterside Workers Association banner, Photo: Sue Scheiffers

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Norman Etherington NTSA President

Heritage: Positives and Negatives The most momentous news so far in 2013 is the extraordinary generosity of several public-spirited individuals who have enrolled themselves as our inaugural Patrons (please refer to page 7 and for further information go to the website http:// I hope that many of our readers will want to join them in helping to ensure the longterm future of the Trust. On the minus side, the State Minister for Planning, Hon John Rau MP, has turned his back on the heritage movement by refusing to accept the recommendations of the Adelaide City Council and expert consultants for 77 additions to the local heritage register.  He proposes to accept just 37.  Many of the places were rejected on the ground that the land on which they stand is ‘strategic’ for development. This and similar decisions about high density ‘corridors’ and  ‘catalyst sites’ raise the question, ‘Has South Australia given up on Heritage?’  This is the question to be posed for a panel discussion at the Hawke Centre of UniSA on North Terrace, Wednesday, 8th May from 5.457.30pm.  Jointly sponsored by the National Trust and the Hawke Centre, the forum is open to the public.  I strongly urge you to come along and make your voice heard.  Speakers for the evening include me and Marcus Beresford from the Trust, Hon Ian Hunter MLC from the government, Vickie Chapman MP from the Opposition, Sandy Wilkinson from the Adelaide City Council and architectural heritage advisor David Brown. I look forward to a provocative and animated discussion. 

Time to celebrate heritage Australian Heritage Week (April 13- 21) marks the start of this year’s SA Heritage Festival. The Festival runs to May 31 in conjunction with the About Time History Festival. In 1983, UNESCO endorsed 18 April as The International Day for Monuments and Sites. This special day offers an opportunity to raise public awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as to draw attention to its vulnerability. This year on April 18 one of the highlights of Australian Heritage Week takes place in Adelaide at Rymill House. The Australian Heritage Conference brings together diverse stakeholders to focus on the ‘value of heritage’ from National, South Australian and local heritage perspectives and regulatory regimes. Another highlight of this year’s SA Heritage Festival is the launch of the National Trust’s Adelaide City Heritage website. The new website provides an online showcase of heritage in the City of Adelaide, as well as providing a forum for news, opinion and debate about heritage issues affecting the City of Adelaide. The site includes full profiles for all National Trust classified and heritage listed buildings in the city area, as well self-guided trails for exploring Adelaide’s’ celebrated and less well known heritage treasures. The Adelaide City Heritage site is at above 

Rymill House, venue for the Australian Heritage Conference Photo: Kali Hunter Enterprises Pty Ltd

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Ayers House Museum – Adelaide Fringe Super Venue Janine Hook



With the addition of an extra performance space, Ayers House has really embraced this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival. On offer were five fantastic artists and two visual arts exhibitions with something for everyone to enjoy. The five week long festival kicked off with an impressive performance by Celtic Singer and Harpist Siobhan Owen in the State Dining Room. At the same time 3 Tales of Woe – three amazing tales by Poe, Dickens and Lovecraft told using shadow puppets – played to a full house in the loft. Following some excellent reviews this performance continued to play to full houses most nights for the remainder of the festival. Week two kept the excitement flowing as Miss Bronte and her intriguing tales of Jane Eyre and life as a female author thrilled another full house in the State Dining Room. Audiences thoroughly enjoyed not only the performances but the ambiance of such a beautiful performance space.


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Week three saw the launch of ‘Frisque’ an exhibition of Victorian Era corsetry, underwear and nightwear and ‘Art Treasures of the Solomon Islands’ with a small reception held on the Western Verandah. ‘Frisque’ curated by Madeleine Seys (AHM Costume Curator) with the support of Dorothy

Woodley (AHM Curator) was very well received and caused quite a buzz amongst attendees. Over 200 people visited the exhibition over the eight days with very positive feedback and generous donations given. A very big thank you to Josephine Petchell (Willunga Branch) for providing us with a bed at the last minute.



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Owen a Classical/Celtic Singer and Harpist performed songs from album “Storybook Journey donated by Josephine Petchell (Willunga Branch) redressed for ‘Frisque’ Photo: Geoff Gillman AHM Vol 3  Frisque - some fine examples of Victorian era under garments Photo: Geoff Gillman 4  Frisque - Bathing by the fire keeps the chills away Photo: Geoff Gillman 5 Recent Ayers House Museum Donation c1850s Photo: Geoff Gillman 6  3Tales of Woe - shadow puppets performed by Amber Forbes 2  Bed

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Monkey Puzzle Tree livened things up again for the fourth week of the festival with a single night performance to a very receptive crowd. This four member group played a variety of venues during the Fringe and we were very happy that they chose Ayers House as one of them. Cabaret was the order of the day for the final week with Dorothy Parker’s Sweet release of Death playing to more sold out audiences. Local artist Lucy Gransbury certainly embraced the space using themes and content to highlight the impressive nature of the State Dining Room and her pianist was very excited to be able to play on such a fine old instrument as the Broadwood Piano. Ayers House are very proud to have been involved in this year’s festival and are definitely looking forward to increasing our profile as a Fringe Venue for 2014. 8

Open Gardens Australia The Beaumont House garden has been included in the 2013 – 14 Open Garden Programme. This is a tribute to the gardener, Alex McLachlan Kambuts, to members of the Garden Committee, and to all who have done voluntary work in the garden. The Programme is run by Open Gardens Australia which opens gardens in every State and Territory. The Beaumont House Garden will be open on Sunday, 29th September between 10am and 4.30pm. Above  Beaumont right  Beaumont

House Photo: Daniel Brookes House garden Photo: SALife

The new 2013-2014 EntertainmentTM Books are worth their weight in gold! Purchase your brand new 2013-2014 EntertainmentTM Book now to receive over $15,000 in valuable offers valid through 1 June 2014. At the same time you will be helping your National Trust of SA! The Entertainment TM Book is your guide to the best restaurants, hotel accommodation, attractions, sports and leisure activities, all with 25% to 50% off or 2 – for 1 offer. Plus My BookingsTM , compare rates, check availability and book your accommodation online. Order securely online: https:// orderbooks/1623x82 Or order directly from the National Trust of South Australia: 631 Glynburn Road, Beaumont SA 5066 Contact: Joseanne Visentin Phone: 82029200 Email:

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Puzzle tree Exhibition Photo: Geoff Gillman AHM Vol

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Annesley loss suggests rethinking of heritage protection criteria Marcus Beresford

Recent demolition of the former Principal’s home at Annesley College in Wayville has highlighted some of the limitations of local heritage listing protection. This fairly standard double fronted, symmetrical, Victorian-era villa of some six rooms may have struggled to get on to a heritage register or list. It had a fine sandstone façade and bluestone side walls, and good detailing inside with period fireplaces, ceiling roses, fine architraves, front door and more. The house had a porch added to the front in place of its original veranda, and the usual structural problems that go with age and neglect, such as termites and cracking. Unfortunately, Unley Council (as the relevant authority) had little choice but to approve demolition of the building at 6-8 Bartley Crescent, Wayville, under the current legislative system. In contrast, NTSA’s Living Heritage Vision 175 proposed that statutory heritage criteria should be revised to take on board buildings such as this that are restorable (with removal of inappropriate modifications) as well as groups/landscapes of buildings which individually may not be of register quality, but which together constitute heritage and are worth preserving.

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Living Heritage Vision 175 argues for preserving such a house as it represents embodied wealth, energy and carbon/greenhouse gases that perhaps should not be thrown away (particularly when demolition spoil accounts for a large percentage of waste going to landfill). Studies have shown it is 35% more efficient in terms of greenhouse gas use to retain, reuse and refit existing buildings, and 53% more energy efficient (H Bennetts & S Pullen Historic Dwelling and Improvement Design and Resources Audit Sustainability House Edwardstown 2010). Adaptive re-use of such a building is another of the approaches highlighted in the Living Heritage proposals.

Methodist Ladies College, photographer Ernest Gall State Library B7531

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This year, the NTSA has recommenced formal classification of heritage places, using broader criteria than those existing at State or Local government levels. The National Trust initiated the process of formal heritage classification in South Australia in the 1960’s. Fifty years on, there is an ever greater need for heritage values to be protected and to create legislative incentives to husband resources more carefully. Although classification by the Trust has never had any statutory force in SA (unlike the more powerful National Trust in Britain) recording and promoting the NTSA heritage list will ensure that heritage values are identified and that the arguments made for sustainable and adaptive re-use in Living Heritage Vision 175 are considered in future development applications.

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Celebrating Six Decades of Conserving the State’s Heritage Gail Chorlton

On Saturday February 9th 2013 the National Trust of South Australia (NTSA) celebrated six decades of conserving the States heritage. The black tie dinner was held at Ayers House. Guests were able to see some of the social history of the period and life for the Ayers House occupants. It was a real step back in time to colonial Adelaide, as Ayers House is the last of the grand mansions of Adelaide’s North Terrace boulevard, and one of the few examples of a historic home of one of Adelaide’s prominent families. The interiors of the house have been fully restored and boast a hand-painted ceiling, stencilled woodwork, the original gasoliers, and a significant collection of antique furniture, decorative arts, silver, paintings and costumes.

Sir George Kingston Patron $5,000 Prof Norman Etherington and Prof Peggy Brock Mrs. Anne Jolly Cavill Power Products Pty Ltd Mr Hugh & Mrs. Fiona MacLachlan The Hon Rod Matheson & Mrs. Leonie Matheson Mr H. Edwin Michell Dr Patricia A Michell Mrs. Susan Morgan Mrs. Marion W Wells

Sir Henry Ayers loved to entertain, and lavish dinners were often held here so it was a most appropriate venue to hold our celebration dinner. With special guest speaker the Hon Alexander Downer AC and Master of Ceremony Mrs Nicola Downer AM, the evening included a selection of sumptuous food, quality wines and live entertainment. The evening commenced with canapés and wines in the State Dining Room of the Ayers House museum, followed by the formal dinner held in the Henry Ayers Room. Mr Downer spoke of his passion for living in South Australia and discussed the many changes that he has seen in relation to both architecture and on the landscape, over time. The dinner was attended by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia and Mrs Scarce. His Excellency has been the designated Patron of the National Trust for quite some time and has agreed to become our Patron-in-Chief, to open the way for the NTSA to recruit additional Patrons.

Edmund Wright Patron $3,000 - $4,999

This special occasion, therefore also served as a platform to launch NTSA’s new Patron Program by the new President of NTSA, Emeritus Professor Norman Etherington. Professor Etherington gave a brief address to the guests on the history and the current work of the National Trust. This address was followed up with a small gift and a personal letter to all guests. The President’s letter outlines the National Trust’s new Patron Program appealing for Patron’s to step forward and become a very special band of community guardians.

Colonel William Light Patron $1,500 - $2,999 Mr Robin & Mrs. Helen Greenslade Hon Diana Laidlaw AM Mr Ian H Lloyd Mrs. Patricia Schroder Mr Peter Morgan

If you are interested in becoming a Patron of the National Trust of South Australia please contact Norman Etherington, (President) on 0418 755 860 or email at

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Alexander Downer AC Guest speaker Photo: Bespoke Approach CEO Eric Heapy and Joy Heapy Photo: NTSA Below Dinner guests Photo: NTSA Centre  NTSA

Mr Alastair & Mrs. Janet Angas Mrs. Rosemary de Meyrick Mrs. Skye McGregor Mr Antony & Mrs. Mary Lou Simpson

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Book review

Those Dry Stone Walls Bruce Munday text, Kristin Munday photography Reviewed by Marcus Beresford

An important new addition to heritage writing, this fascinating book describes the rich South Australian heritage of dry stone walls and certain other stonework. The author was apparently inspired by walls in the western district of Victoria and Geelong Gaol, but is now probably the aficionado of the previously rather unsung and unrecorded dry stone walls of South Australia. The photographer has recorded many of these walls on their joint excursions around different parts of SA, providing superb images to accompany the text and making the book a delight to either read, superficially peruse, or take on one’s own excursions. The first chapter discusses how dry stone walls have not been mentioned much in the history books despite the fact that, particularly in SA, they provided much mid 19th century fencing before wire took over. Dry stone walls perhaps themselves took over from the early shepherds, when the latter went off to the great mining rushes of the colonial period. The following chapters look at the many different walls in the Eastern and Western Mount Lofty Ranges, Mid North, Far North, Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas, South East, and Kangaroo Island. This forms something of a tour itinerary and whets the reader’s appetite to visit the many unfamiliar sites described as well as revisit those already known. Top Right  Shearing

shed behind Love’s Hut, Palmer Hill Photo: Bruce Munday

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cover Photo: Kristin Munday

above   Old sheep dipping yards, Rosebank, Mount Pleasant Photo: Kristin Munday Centre Garden wall under an oak at The Hermitage, Photo Kristin Munday Bottom  Near Mintaro Primary School, Photo: Kristin Munday

Starting with the superb early limestone walls of Point Sturt; the author goes on to describe the “beating heart” of dry stone walls at Woodchester (near Strathalbyn), the delights of Rosebank near Mt Pleasant, the stunning 65 km wall starting at Hill River station traversing

the Browne Hill Range in the Mid North, the 50km of wall at Kanyaka station (overshadowed by the better known homestead ruins), and the fine dry stone wall road abutments in Port Germein Gorge from the 1930s. Apparently many of the dry stone walls on southern Yorke Peninsula have been removed and crushed for road gravel or lime making. Here and on Eyre Peninsula some dry stone walls are topped with posts and wire. There are fewer walls in the South East, although one of the finest in SA is found near Robe. A delight is the attention throughout to contemporary walls, reminding that some of the original advantages of dry stone walls have a new meaning in terms of ecologically sustainable use of local materials. Although originally cheaper to build than post and wire fences, low cost could not be included as a modern advantage of such walls. However their undoubted beauty and durability against fire remain, and the walls form what is very much a living heritage. Later chapters discuss selected natural wall effects, some overseas examples of dry stone walls, contemporary art works related to dry stone walling, obtaining stone and actually building dry stone walls. A paeon of praise for dry stone walls, the book will appeal to many who have admired such stonework but not necessarily understood its significance. The authors are passionate and preservation orientated, and have searched out

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Natural wonders many examples that will be new to a lot of readers. People who have never really paid much attention to dry stone walls will find the book a fascinating insight into SA history and may take a new view of the heritage landscape.

Hills nature reserves outstanding examples of a lost world

Some of the past and present builders of such walls are profiled, the frequent contribution of women and boys is alluded to, the size of wall building teams and the time they took is considered (a mile took about 4 months), and difficulties and costs are discussed. The author reflects on some of the lost landscapes prior to settlement, and some of the issues facing preservation of dry stone walls today.

HK Fry, Nurrutti and Malcolm Wicks Nature Reserves are three of the eleven NTSA Nature Reserves in the Greater Mount Lofty Ranges. Each offers special insights into the remarkable beauty and diversity of native vegetation and wildlife that once clothed this region. Each preserves and protects threatened and endangered species.

Those Dry Stone Walls is an impressive work and both eyeopening and enjoyable to read. Although the author has a PhD in physics and the book includes some references and footnotes, the style is colloquial and easy to follow. It is clearly written by a well informed and widely read person.

Here the Aldgate Creek bed is in unusually intact condition. This area features some rare and stately Candlebark gums (Eucalyptus rubida), with smooth creamy trunks, and dense stands of the eye-catching Red-fruited saw-sedge (Gahnia sieberiana).

Copies at $39.95 may be obtained from the publishers, Wakefield Press, 1 Parade West, Kent Town 5067, ph. 8362 8800 or visit their website National Trust of SA members can obtain a 20% discount on purchases of the book at the Kent Town shop by presentation of their membership card.

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HK Fry Reserve: Creamy Candles Stackhousia monogyna, HK Fry Reserve: Pink Hyacinth Orchid Dipodium roseum, Nurrutti Reserve: Donkey Orchid Diuris sp. Nurrutti Reserve: Beaked Hakea  Hakea rostrata. Photos: Marcus Beresford

Marcus Beresford | chair NTSA Natural Heritage Committee

HK Fry Reserve (3.8ha) off Heath Rd West Crafers contains over 95 indigenous plant species. In spring numerous wildflowers appear under the superb roof of Messmate Stringybark gums (Eucalyptus obliqua). Here are 16 different species of native orchids, numerous Blue Grass-lilies (Caesia calliantha), Common Heath (Epacris impressa), Pink-eyed Susan (Tetratheca pilosa ssp pilosa), the lovely Creamy Candles (Stackhousia aspericocca), the showy Lavender Grevillea (Grevillea lavandulacea var lavandulacea) and elegant white Slender Riceflower (Pimelea linifolia ssp linifolia). Here too are the secretive Dwarf Greenhood Orchids (Pterostylis nana), the minute beige flowers of the Small-flower Mat-rush (Lomandra micrantha ssp) and the exotic insect eating Tall sundew (Drosera auriculata) with its sticky droplet laden leaves that look like tiny moist, spiky-edged saucers.

A small side creek of “national importance” includes needle-thin waterfalls, with ferny and mossy pools and unspoilt sedge areas. Nurrutti Reserve (1.4ha) off Kyle Rd Aldgate contains over 125 indigenous plant species. The majority of the reserve contains beautiful open Messmate and Brown Heritage living | 9 | south Australia

Stringybark woodland (Eucalyptus obliqua and E baxteri), featuring the striking green needles of the Beaked Hakea (Hakea rostrata) bush with its attractive white flowers.

Very arresting in Nurrutti is the Leafless Bitter-pea bush (Daviesia brevifolia) with its pink flowers. Donkey Orchids (Diuris longifolia) are also a common sight. Eradication of exotic Portuguese Heath and the weed Watsonia is being undertaken by volunteers. Malcolm Wicks Reserve (8ha) off Leslie Rd Lenswood contains over 98 indigenous plant species. Again the visitor walks through high Messmate Stringybark woodland but a feature of this reserve is ferns, such as Bracken (Pteridium esculetum) on the north facing slopes, and dense Maiden-hair Fern (Adiantum aethopicum) in moist areas. Clearing of the weed Broom by volunteers has revealed significant patches of the pretty Necklace Fern (Asplenium flabellifolium). If you would like to help by donating to or volunteering in any of the NTSA’s 28 precious nature reserves, leave your details with Jos Visentin on 8202 9200 (jvisentin@ Watch for details of a bus tour to 3 reserves in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges next spring.

NTSA Bequest Program Now Launched Bequests, or gifts by Will, have become increasingly important in supporting the work of the National Trust of SA. By making a provision for the National Trust of SA in your Will, you will be providing a lasting gift for future generations. Every gift, whether large or small, is welcomed and valued. Bequests are a simple yet incredibly powerful way to provide support for the causes that matter the most to you. With little or no impact on your lifestyle today, a gift in your Will is one of the most influential ways you can be sure the vital work of the National Trust of SA continues for years to come. After you have provided for your loved ones, please consider leaving a gift in your Will to the National Trust of SA. Each and every gift makes such a difference. How often it has been said: “If only there was some way I could do more.” A bequest to the NTSA in your Will does enable you to do more … much, much more. It is a powerful reflection of the values and principles you treasure. It will enable you to do what perhaps you cannot do during your lifetime. It will also enable you to create a legacy of love that is a testimony to your kindness, concern and care for your community, your environment and heritage; it will empower you to continue your life’s aims, even after your own lifetime. You might like to include what is know as a Residuary Bequest

in your Will, that way you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones will be catered for without sacrificing your long-term support for the National Trust. This is simply a gift of whatever is left of your estate (or a percentage thereof) after all your other gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled. As they are not specific amounts of money, this sort of bequest keeps its value regardless of inflation over the years. It means that the gift you include today is worth just as much when the time comes to put it to work conserving South Australia’s treasured Culture and Heritage.

Pecuniary Bequest This refers to leaving a gift of a set dollar amount determined by you at the time of drawing up or altering your Will.

Specific Bequest This is leaving a gift of an item of specific value to be passed on to the National Trust of SA in order to generate funds.

Inform us of your gift If you intend to leave a gift to National Trust of SA in your Will or if you have already included us, we would really like to know so we can thank you personally. Informing us, allows National Trust of SA to better plan for the future. Please be assured all information will be held in strict confidence and if you prefer to remain anonymous, we will of course respect your privacy. You can let us know by phone

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08 8202 9200 or email at Whether you inform us of your gift or not, we are very grateful to you for remembering National Trust of SA in your Will. You will be making a great difference to the lives of South Australians today and tomorrow and well into the future. Thank you. Thomsons Lawyers offer to National Trust of SA Members, the opportunity to have a simple Will prepared free of cost*, when you decide to leave a gift to the National Trust of SA. Please consider making your community a better place through a bequest to the National Trust of SA

Your Bequest Every gift, no matter how large or small, is important to the National Trust of SA. Should you wish to leave a gift to the National Trust of SA, we can arrange for a Solicitor from our generous Corporate Supporter, Thomsons Lawyers, to prepare your simple Will, absolutely FREE of cost*. To find out more about how to remember National Trust of SA in your Will, or to make an appointment with a Solicitor, contact the National Trust State Office: By telephone on 8202 9200 or email at *(Please note, if your Will has detailed provisions that cause complex planning, the solicitor may charge you for the costs of preparing your Will, the solicitor would however, make you aware of those costs prior to commencing any chargeable work.)

Out ‘n’ About The National Trust Heritage Festival Community Milestones run in conjunction with About Time - South Australia’s History Festival

Wallaroo Branch A special display “Around Cape Horn” tells the fascinating story of the Grain Races of the 1930’s Thursday 18th April – Friday 31st May Time: 10.00am 4.00pm Place: Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum, Jetty Rd Wallaroo Cost: Adult $6.00, Child $3.00 Enquiries: (08) 88233015

Renmark Branch “Trophies are Treasures”, simple or silver they reflect excellence in a community at work or play Thursday 2nd – Friday 31st May Time: Thurs – Mon 10.00am – 4.00pm, Tues 2.00pm – 4.00pm Place: Olivewood, cnr Renmark Ave & Twenty-First St, Renmark Cost: NTSA members free, Adult $5.00, Conc $4.00, Child $2.00 Bookings: (08) 85866175

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Herstory in History- Women in Coromandel Valley’s affairs

Gawler Old Telegraph Station Museum Display: Visit the newly-renovated and updated Museum Tuesday to Friday and Sunday, 3rd — 31st May Time: 1.00 - 4.00pm Place: Gawler National Trust Museum, 59 Murray Street, Gawler Cost: Adult $4.00 Child $2.00 Enquiries: (08) 8523 1082, Mob: 0408 083459

Penneshaw Branch “The Old Hospital” Heritage Listed Open House Sunday 5th May Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm Place: 5153 Hog Bay Rd, Penneshaw Cost: Adult $25.00

Ayers House Museum – Open House Explore Ayers House at your own pace. Plenty of things to do and see Sunday 5th May Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Place: 288 North Terrace, Adelaide Enquiries: (08) 8223 1234

Friday 3rd May Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm & 7.30pm – 10.00pm Place: Coromandel Valley Community Centre, 442b Main Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $5.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email


Tea Tree Gully Branch & Tea Tree Gully & District Historical Society Inc Frock around the Clock - Retro fashion returns to Tea Tree Gully An entertaining afternoon highlighting fashion and facts from the 1950’s features a kaleidoscope of male and female fashion. Accompanying the parade is a fascinating commentary giving an informative look at authentic events of the 50’s. Enjoy music and songs of this decade. All proceeds will aid ongoing projects at the Old Highercombe Hotel Museum Sunday 5th May Time: 2.00 - 4.30pm Place: Tea Tree Gully Primary School Gymnasium, Memorial Drive, Tea Tree Gully Cost: $20.00 per person (includes Afternoon Tea) Enquiries: Gill Starks - starksg@ or Carole Simmonds – (08) 8251 4191

Victor Harbor Branch Display: Fashions of Yesteryear Visit our collections of original clothing, linen and lace from 1800’s. As well, a Photographic Display depicting the changes in Victor Harbor homes.  Each set of carefully selected ‘before and after’ photos is combined with details allowing the visitor to understand what has happened to our past buildings Wednesday May 1st - Friday May 31st  Time: 1.00pm - 4.00pm Monday to Sunday. Special Sunday Open Days 11.00am to 4.00pm only Place:   Encounter Coast Discovery Centre and Museum, 2 Flinders Pde, Victor Harbor Cost: Free (Special Open Days only Gold Coin donation Sunday May 5th and Sunday May 26th) Enquiries:  Val Yelds (08) 8552 4440

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Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch

Central Yorke Peninsula Branch All is revealed at the Maitland Museum. Visit displays and discover the original inhabitants and early pioneers of Maitland and lots more Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th May Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Place: Maitland Museum, cnr Gardiner & Kilkerran Tce, Maitland Cost: Adult $3.00, Conc $2.50, Child $1.00, Family $7.00 Enquiries: (08) 8832 22220

Mount Barker Branch Annual combined meeting of the Heritage and Historical Groups in the Adelaide Hills. This year the meeting will be hosted by the Mount Lofty Branch of the National Trust Tuesday 7th May Time: 7:30pm Place: Stangate House, Euston Road, Aldgate Enquiries: Secretary: Triss Wales, (08) 8389 9281

Ayers House After Dark Wednesday, 8th May and 22nd May & Friday, 10th May and 24th May Time: 7:00pm (tour duration 1 hour) Place: 288 North Terrace, Adelaide Cost: Adult $16, Conc $14, Child (under 12yrs) $10, Family $45, NTSA Member $12 Bookings Essential: (08) 8223 1234 or Tours conducted by candlelight – please wear low heel, comfortable shoes

Port Elliot Branch Talk: Speaker Bert Brittain Local Resident Topic: The lighter side of World War 2 Thursday 9th May Time: 8pm Place: RSL Hall, The Strand Port Elliot Enquiries: Gretchen Lindner (08) 86642457

Explore Coromandel Valley North on foot Friday 10th, 24th & Sunday 19th May Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm Place: meet at Frank Smith Park, Magarey Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $15.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Explore Coromandel Valley South on foot Friday 10th, 24th & Sunday 19th of May Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm Place: meet at Weymouth Oval, 442 Main Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $15.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Coromandel Valley Road show highlighting scenic beauties and historic places Saturday 11th May Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm Place: meet at Coromandel Railway Station, Brighton Parade, Blackwood Cost: Adult $15.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Moonta Branch Going Back to School! Visit the old Moonta Mines School, now a flourishing mining museum. The museum is filled with the history and heritage of Moonta’s copper mining days. Visit the old school room and learn to write cursive with old fashioned pen and ink. Relive the days of old in a genuine 1890-1930 class room Saturday May 11, 18 and Sunday May 12, 19 Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm Place: Moonta Mines Museum, Verran Terrace Moonta Mines Cost: Free, Bookings required for Groups Enquiries: Linda Thatcher (08) 8825 1891, email:

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Penneshaw Branch Penneshaw Museum Open Day Sunday 12th May Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm Place: 52 Howard Drive, Penneshaw Cost: Free

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch What’s your story? Sharing knowledge of Coromandel Valley’s past Friday 17th May Time: 7.30pm – 10.00pm Place: Weymouth Oval, 442 Main Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $5.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Sturt River Linear Park Walk Saturday 18th May Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm Place: Weymouth Oval, 442 Main Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $15.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Old Adelaide Treasury Open Day Sunday, 19th May Time: 11.00am and 1.00pm Place: Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, cnr Flinders and King William St, Adelaide Cost: $5 per person Bookings Essential: (08) 8223 1234 or

Burnside Branch Beaumont House Open Day Sunday 19th May Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm Place: 631 Glynburn Rd, Beaumont Cost: Free

Hahndorf and Burnside Branches Pioneer Women’s Trail Run/Walk Sunday 19th May Start times and places: Hahndorf 8.30am, Bridgewater 9.15am, Stirling 9.45am, Eagle on the Hill 10.15am. Finish at Beaumont House Cost: free; donation of $10.00 per person, or $20.00 per family requested. Bus from Beaumont House to start: $10.00 per person. Pre-registration via History Month website encouraged but not essential Enquiries: Lyndell, Mob: 0417 802 685; Annette, Mob: 0451 030 357

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Winns Bakery & Gamble Cottage Open Day Sunday 19th May Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm Cost: Adult $5.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Willunga Branch Then and Now, Life in 19th Century Willunga: in the slate quarries and the courtroom Sunday 19th May Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm Place: Old Courthouse Museum, 61 High St, Willunga Cost: Free

Gawler Twin Museum Bus Tour Bus Tour: Gawler Old Telegraph Station Museum and Shea-Oak Log Machinery Museum Monday 20th May, Wednesday 22nd May, Friday 24th May Time: 1.00pm sharp until 3.30pm Place: Meet at Gawler Old Telegraph Station Museum, 59 Murray Street, Gawler Cost: Adult $12.00 Concession $10.00 Enquiries: (08) 8523 1082, Mob: 0408 083459, bookings essential for individuals and groups

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Who’s Who of the Coromandel Valley Cemetery Wednesday 22nd May Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 4.00pm Place: Weymouth Oval, 442 Main Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $5.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Coromandel Valley & Districts Branch Coromandel Valley’s oldest surviving homes Sunday 26th May Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm Place: meet at Frank Smith Park, Magarey Rd, Coromandel Valley Cost: Adult $25.00 Bookings: (08) 82705686 or email

Copper Coast Cornish Festival The 2013 Kernewek Lowender Cornish Festival 40th Anniversary Monday 20th – Sunday 26th May Time: All day Cost: Adults $3.00, Conc $2.50, Child $1.00, Family $7.00 Enquiries: The Kernewek Lowender Office, The Farm Shed, 50 Moonta Rd Kadina

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Penola Branch Tour: Petticoat Lane Sunday 26th May Time: 10.00am Place: Petticoat Lane Enquiries: Evelynne Bowden (08) 8737 2152

Ayers House Museum and Artlab present Conversations About Conservation – Seminar Friday, 31st May Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm Full Day Option, 10.00am – 12.00pm or 1.00pm – 4.00pm (Half Day Option) Place: Ayers House Museum, 288 North Terrace, Adelaide Cost: $40 Full Day (includes lunch), $20 Half Day (lunch available at extra cost) Seminar Program: Available at Bookings Essential: (08) 8223 1234 or

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Successful Conservation Appeal restores Blakiston’s St James Sunday School Church Sue Scheiffers

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Blakiston is located approximately 36 kilometres south-east Adelaide, on the old Princes Highway. It was founded by Francis Davison in 1846 and named for his ancestral home, Blakiston Hall in County Durham. The Church, graveyard, bell tower and Rectory are all State Heritage listed buildings. Blakiston is surrounded by a mixture of pastureland and eucalyptus forest and includes a few other houses dating from the mid twentieth century. There are no signs or markers indicating that Blakiston is a separate town from nearby Littlehampton. In fact Blakiston is in the process of being absorbed into the suburban area of Littlehampton and as a result is losing much of its individual character.

above  St James Church, Blakiston Photo: Sue Scheiffers

St James Church of England is the fifth oldest Anglican Church in South Australia. The 10 acres (4.0 ha) of the Church, Cemetery and Rectory was bought by George Morphett and Samuel Stocks in 1843 and was given for the building of the church in May 1846. The Church was consecrated by the Lord Bishop Short of Adelaide on 28 April 1848. The excellently maintained Church is constructed of sandstone and includes the Chapel and Rector’s vestry and some pretty stained glass windows, old pews and a small organ. On the outside of the lower east wall of the Church are some small carvings of sailing ships, possibly dating back to the mid-19th century. Adjacent to the Church is a small bell tower of later heritage. The Church and cemetery are still in use, while the Rectory and surrounding acreage are rented by the Church of England to private tenants. The 1911 bell tower contains one of the oldest bells cast in South Australia. 1.  Opening

The little school building on the other side of the Princes Highway operated as a Sunday School from 1849. More than 60 students were attending when it closed in 1957. Since then the building had fallen in to disrepair until the decision was made in 2011 to restore it to enable the Sunday School to recommence there. The project which cost close to $200,000 was funded by Alan Sargeant (a former student of the school), The Mt. Barker Council and the Rotary Club of Blakiston who also undertook much of the work on the project. The restored school was officially opened in March 2013 The National Trust of South Australia played a vital role in making the dream of restoring this important heritage property a reality by administering a tax deductible appeal for the receipt of donations. Working closely with the Rotary Club and Mt Barker Council, all proposed works were required to meet the Trust’s conservation requirements in accordance with the Burra Charter. Vice President Sue Scheiffers and CEO Eric Heapy both attended the official opening and were delighted to see the outcome of another successful conservation appeal.

the restored Blakiston Sunday school glass windows behind the altar. 3.  The 1911 belfry 4.   Small carvings of sailing ships on the outside wall of the church. 2.  Stained

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