Freelance writer, MC, presenter, history and heritage lover, tour leader, drummer.
Keith Conlon shares his top five picks of the 2018 History Festival program:
- Life on the Land: The Invisible Farmer Project - When my mum was 14, she left home and started working as a farm assistant in the Mallee; hitching up the horses and milking the cows. This event should unearth some interesting stories of women on the land.
- Adelaide Remember When Biggest Morning Tea - As an Ambassador for the Cancer Council I'm looking forward to being involved in this event and talking about SA history with Bob Byrne. Bob and I first met when we were both in our first year of radio exactly 50 years ago at 5AD.
- Opening ceremony of New Ardrossan Information Centre and Heritage Museum - This one brings back fond memories of presenting a Postcards story on the stump-jump plough. (The building the Ardrossan Museum is housed in was once a factory that made the iconic stump-jump plough.) Ardrossan is also the home of one of my favourite Crows footballers, Sam Jacobs.
- SANFL Stories: The Weird and Wonderful History of Footy in SA - As a footy tragic and Sturt supporter (I've followed the Blues since I was a lad) and currently serving on the SANFL History Committee, I'm looking forward to this event and hearing footy barrackers' share stories of their own.
- Bicycle Tour of Old Yankalilla or Old Normanville - I love combining cycling and history and Yankalilla and Normanville are great spots with grand old buildings and stories.