2017 South Australia's History Festival Program

Come and explore our City’s rich and exciting history this May. 

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters will celebrate South Australia’s History Festival this May with special events, talks, walks, performances, tours and exhibitions, embracing the theme of recollection.

South Australia’s History Festival will run from 1 to 31 May.

For more information about the Festival, visit: South Australia’s History Festival


2017 Program

Special events

Ern Malley the Poet Who Never Lived: Discussing History

Ern Malley is probably the most widely discussed Australian poet of the twentieth century. James McAuley and Harold Stewart concocted ‘Ern’ in 1943 and unfairly targeted the rebellious young poet and author, Max Harris, creator of the influential Angry Penguins. History and truth collide in this controversial saga so don’t miss what will be an extraordinary evening with journalist Samela Harris, publisher Tom Thompson, Professor Philip Mead, Chair of Australian Literature UWA, leading Australian poet Dr Peter Goldsworthy and moderated by radio legend Peter Goers.

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DETAILS:
Friday 5 May | 7.30pm-9.30pm
Norwood Concert Hall, Cnr The Parade & George St, Norwood
Tickets $10 (GA)

Melding Music & History: Performance by the Norwood Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists Tasso Bouyessis and Annamaria Beni

In 1922 the importance of music to civic life in Norwood led to the formation of South Australia’s first municipal orchestra. Relive the elegant era of classical music and Sunday concerts with the wonderful Norwood Symphony Orchestra.  

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DETAILS:
Sunday 28 May | 2-4pm
Norwood Concert Hall, Cnr The Parade & George St, Norwood
Tickets $10 (GA)

History exhibitions

Stage Right: An Exhibition on the Art of Performance

This beautiful exhibition tells the story of our City’s association with international performers such as composer Percy Grainger, Dame Nellie Melba, violinist Daisy Kennedy and actor Edward Reeves who charmed audiences in the gracious St Peters and Norwood Town Halls. This exhibition includes 19th and 20th Century performing arts memorabilia and costumes evoking memories of a bygone era.

Cultural Heritage Gallery, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters

Open May, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm & Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

The Immortal Max: Max Harris Photographic Exhibition

This nostalgic photographic exhibition shows the many sides of one of Australia’s leading poets, authors and intellectuals. As an advocate of surrealism in the late 1930s Max Harris’ quest was to liberate Australian literature and art from its conservative apathy. These photos from the Harris family reveal the personal side of Max Harris.

DETAILS:
Customer Service, Norwood Town Hall Offices, 175 The Parade, Norwood.
Open May, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

History walks

Walk One: College Park: A Little Bit of Old Adelaide

Stroll through College Town, one of Adelaide’s most prestigious suburbs. This area rivalled its eastern neighbours as a bastion of wealth, commercial power and political influence. Discover the residence of one of Australia’s most famous social reformers Catherine Helen Spence and South Australia’s first Premier B.T. Finniss and where see where elocutionist Lionel Logue was born.

Led by historian Denise Schumann. 15 per walk.

DETAILS:
Wednesday 3 May 10-12pm
Departs Main Entrance, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Rd, St Peters

Bookings: Cathy Condina on 83664612 or ccondina@npsp.sa.gov.au, or Cultural Heritage Centre on 83340262 or dschumann@npsp.sa.gov.au

Walk Two: All Along the Avenues of St Peters

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 Walk Three: St Peters Heroes and Avenue of Honour Walk

This walking tour of St Peters tells the stories of the patriotic young men and women who enlisted in the 1st AIF and the streets and houses where they lived and played. The connection between place and history will be explored. Led by former Councillor David Cree. 15 per tour.

DETAILS:
Thursday 18 May | 10-12pm
Departs Main Entrance, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Rd, St Peters

Bookings: Cathy Condina on 83664612 or ccondina@npsp.sa.gov.au, or Cultural Heritage Centre on 83340262 or dschumann@npsp.sa.gov.au

Walk Four: Nostalgic Norwood by Foot

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Bus tours

Tour One: Payneham’s Genteel Past and Hidden Treasures Bus Tour

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Tour Two: Lionel Logue & The King’s Speech Bus Tour

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 Performing history

Made in Heaven Recital with Soprano & Harpist Emma Horwood

The tradition of the Saturday Soiree continues with acclaimed soprano and harpist Emma Horwood. Described as having the voice of an angel she will perform Classical works and Celtic folksongs and some Percy Grainger as part of the celebration of our City's history.

Bookings required.

EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday 13 May | 2-3pm
Banquet Hall, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Rd, St Peters

Bookings: Cathy Condina on 83664612 or ccondina@npsp.sa.gov.au, or Cultural Heritage Centre on 83340262 or dschumann@npsp.sa.gov.au

Miss Kitty’s Karavan Plays with History from Melba to Dawson

The delightful chanteuse Miss Kitty & her Karavan of gypsy musicians will expose the secret history of leafy St Peters and cosmopolitan Norwood in a musical journey from Peter Dawson to Melba that will have the audience laughing and singing along.

Bookings required.


EVENT DETAILS:
Saturday 20 May | 2-4pm
Banquet Hall, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Rd, St Peters
Bookings Cathy Condina on 83664612 or ccondina@npsp.sa.gov.au, or Cultural Heritage Centre on 83340262 or dschumann@npsp.sa.gov.au

 

Talking history

Talking Footy: A Night Out with the Boys

Experience a night of tradition and nostalgia and hear the fascinating stories of the mighty Redlegs on the playing field and off. Indulge in the good old days and share in the triumphs and tragedies of one of Australia’s oldest footy clubs. Hear the stories see the legends. Presented by Roger Woodcock, Wynton Heading & Michael Colligan. All welcome.


EVENT DETAILS:
Tuesday 9 May | 7-8.30pm
Banquet Hall, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Rd, St Peters

For more information, contact: Denise Schumann, Cultural Heritage Centre on 83340262, or Wynton Heading: wynton@adam.com.au

 In Love and War the Tragic tale of ‘Saints Boy’ Phil Robin & Nelli Honeywill an Anzac Legend

The tale of how the Great War impacted on two ordinary South Australian’s. The handsome footballer Phillip de Quetteville Robin and socialite Nelli Honeywill were madly in love prior to 1914. But what is the back story to their love and their ultimate deaths. Presented by David Cree an extraordinary story not to be missed.

All welcome. No bookings required.

EVENT DETAILS:
Tuesday 16 May | 7-8.30pm
Banquet Hall, St Peters Town Hall, 101 Payneham Rd, St Peters

For more information, contact: David Cree on 0418 622 163, or dcree@senet.com.au

Stained Glass Stories All Souls Anglican Church St Peters

This poignant tour of All Souls Anglican Church, St Peters demonstrates in a powerful way the tragedy and the loss of young life caused by the Great War. Hear the story behind the exquisite William Morris windows and of the grief suffered by one of Adelaide’s leading German families the Koeppen-Wendts, and how one mother made sure her son would never be forgotten. Led by Denise Schumann with an appearance by actress Nikki Fort and Brenton Brock on the organ.

Bookings essential.

EVENT DETAILS:
Tuesday 23 May | 10.30-12pm
All Souls Anglican Church, Cnr Stephen’s Tce & Third Avenue, St Peters

Bookings: Cathy Condina on 83664612 or ccondina@npsp.sa.gov.au, or Cultural Heritage Centre on 83340262 or dschumann@npsp.sa.gov.au

For more information on the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters SA History Month Program and events, or the Cultural Heritage Program, please contact Denise Schumann, Cultural Heritage Adviser, on 83340262 or email enquiries to dschumann@npsp.sa.gov.au

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