South Australia's History Festival

Welcome to the 2016 History Festival. Throughout May you can explore our history in all kinds of ways - we hope you'll enjoy what is on offer this year. There are more than 600 events presented by over 340 organisers around the state.

Join the conversation: We'd love to hear your feedback about the program and the events you attend - you can join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter #SAHistoryFest

We hope you have a great May delving into the past, and we look forward to seeing you out and about.

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Festival Highlights

Carclew Open House

Carclew House is steeped in history. Built in 1897 and transformed into a youth arts organisation in 1971. Discover our house and its artistic jewels in a family friendly open day... Read more

'The Most Precious Treasure': Lutheran Schooling in Australia Guided Tour

From the start, schooling was at the heart of Lutheran church and mission life with texts and school work in German, English, Kaurna, Dieri and Aranda. Primers, copybooks,... Read more

Adelaide Kaurna Reconciliation Walking Tour

In the spirit of reconciliation let's walk together to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Kaurna people. Kaurna man, Frank Wanganeen will share sites of significance along... Read more

Camels' History and Contribution in Australia from 1860

Saturday: Historical talk about camels in Australia, 1860 to today. Meet camels and alpacas. Tour woolshed museum and children's animals enclosure. After Afghan cameleer lunch,... Read more

Mount Gambier Folk: History Festival Launch

Celebratory luncheon and launch of the local 2016 History Festival hosted by the City of Mount Gambier and Soroptimisits International, Mount Gambier. Marking 30 years since the... Read more

The Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration

Australia had a rich linguistic diversity at the time of colonisation; the subsequent centuries have seen that diversity damaged enormously by neglect and, often, outright... Read more