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South Australia's History Festival on campus

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About time: South Australia's History Festival

Join in these activities and events across our North Terrace and Waite campuses
from 1 May - 31 May 2013. Bookings essential.

‘Genius About the Place’: Phoenix and Australian Modernism

An amazing modernist enterprise was initiated within the University of Adelaide during 1930s by a group of progressive students and academics – Phoenix Magazine. A panel of speakers will discuss this significant development in the context of Australian modernism and reflect on the personal contributions to art, culture and literature.

Speakers include Dr Susan Sheridan, Samela Harris and Cheryl Hoskin.

When: Thursday 23 May, 4.30pm - 6.30pm 
Where: Rare Book & Special Collections, Level 1 Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide
Bookings: Not required



Scottish Stories from Oral Traditions at Urrbrae House

Scotland has a rich tradition of oral stories. Nineteenth century Scottish emigrants, including members of the Waite family, absorbed and brought some of these tales to Australia. Who knows what stories they heard? Storyteller Graham Ross and others from the Storytelling Guild of Australia (SA) will enchant and engage you, and set you wondering. Suitable for over 12 years.

When: Saturday 25 May, 2pm - 2.45pm and 3.30pm - 4.15pm
Where: Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide - Waite campus, enter off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae  
Bookings required: Amanda Jackson on (08) 8313 7497, amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au
Fees: $7.70 per person  



David Waite: His Achievements

David Waite, youngest son of Peter and Matilda Waite, died tragically at sea in May 1913. He was 38 years old. Known as a successful horserider, his contributions to the pastoral industry and society in general are less well-known. From newspaper reports, Dr Bill Wallace concludes David Waite's achievements were significant and worth recounting on the centenary of his death. Bookings required..

When: Tuesday 28 May, 5.00pm for 5.30pm start
Where: Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide - Waite campus, enter off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae  
Bookings required: Amanda Jackson on (08) 8313 7497, amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au  

 

Open Buildings – North Terrace Campus

As part of History SA's History Festival celebrations, the University of Adelaide will participate in the Open House Adelaide program; opening the doors of these significant buildings in our North Terrace and Waite campuses:

Mitchell Building- North Terrace Campus
When: Saturday 4 May 2013
Self guided tours: 1pm - 4pm
Walking tour: 1.30pm
Bookings: art.heritage@adelaide.edu.au or by phone to 8313 3086

Elder Hall - North Terrace Campus
When: Saturday 4 May 2013
Self guided tours: 1pm - 4pm
Walking tour: 2.30pm
Bookings: art.heritage@adelaide.edu.au or by phone to 8313 3086

Darling West (former Bragg Labs) - North Terrace Campus
When: Sunday 5 May 2013
Walking tour: 10am -10.30am
Bookings: stella.ho@adelaide.edu.au or by phone to 8313 5696

Hartley Building - North Terrace Campus
When: Sunday 5 May 2013
Walking tour: 10.45am – 11.15am
Bookings: stella.ho@adelaide.edu.au or by phone to 8313 5696

Lower Campus - North Terrace Campus
When: Sunday 5 May 2013
Walking tour: 11.30am – 12pm
Bookings: art.heritage@adelaide.edu.au or by phone to 8313 3086

The Plant Accelerator - Waite Campus
When: Sunday 5 May 2013
Tours: 10am -1pm
Contact: Bettina Berger bettina.berger@adelaide.edu.au

Urrbrae House - Waite Campus
When: Sunday 5 May 2013
Tours: 1pm – 4pm
Contact: Amanda Jackson 8313 7497, amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au



Guided Tour of the Waite Arboretum

The Waite Arboretum was established in 1928 on land given by Peter Waite to the University of Adelaide, to be kept as a park or garden for the enjoyment of the public. Today the Arboretum occupies 30 hectares and contains about 2,200 tree specimens representing more than 800 species. Enjoy a guided walk around this beautiful historic park.

When: Sunday 5 May, 11am - 12.30pm
Where: Meet at Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide - Waite Campus, enter off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae
Bookings: Not required  



Afternoon Tea with Mr and Mrs Waite in 1892

Guests of Peter and Matilda Waite in 1892 will be shown around their home, Urrbrae House, before joining them for afternoon tea in the dining room. During this interactive tour you will learn about the Waite family, the life of the household and see inside one of South Australia's most significant private houses. Suitable for children 7 years old and above.

When: Sunday 26 May, 2.30pm - 4.00pm
Where: Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide - Waite Campus, enter off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae
Bookings: Amanda Jackson on (08) 8313 7497, amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au  

 

Presented by the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide and the Migration Museum

Were you a resident or worker at any of these migrant hostels (late 1940s-1990s)? We invite you to a session on the Hostel Stories project, and to share your stories with us to contribute to a research project at the University of Adelaide and a future exhibition at the Migration Museum.  

Semaphore Hostel Stories
When: Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm -8pm
Where: Semaphore Library, 14 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
Bookings: Meredith Blundell on (08) 8405 6580, meredith.blundell@portenf.sa.gov.au
http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/library
Gepps Cross Hostel Stories
When: Sunday 5 May 2.30pm - 4pm
Where: Enfield Library, 1 Kensington Crescent, Enfield SA 5085
Bookings: http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/library
Finsbury-Pennington Hostel Stories
When: Monday 6 May, 11.30 am -1pm
Where: Cheltenham Community Centre, 62 Stroud Street North, Cheltenham SA 5014
Bookings: Not Required
Gawler and Mallala Hostel Stories
When: Thursday 9 May, 1pm - 2.30pm
Where: Gawler Public Library, 89 Murray Street, Gawler SA 5118
Bookings: Not Required
Glenelg Hostel Stories
Afternoon-tea session, The historic 'red rattler' tram will also be open.
When: Friday 10 May, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Buffalo Restaurant (HMS Buffalo), 1 Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg North SA 5045
Bookings: Ms Jan Smith, Glenelg Historical Society Inc. on (08) 8294 0347,glenelghistory@gmail.com
Fees: $10.00 per person
Salisbury and Smithfield Hostel Stories
When: Friday 10 May, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
Bookings: http://aus.evanced.info/playford/lib/eventcalendar.asp
Elder Park Hostel Stories
When: Monday 13 May, 11am - 12.30pm
Where: State Records of South Australia, 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Bookings: (08) 8204 8791
Woodville Hostel Stories
When: Tuesday 14 May, 1pm - 2.30pm
Where: Civic Centre, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville
Bookings: Not Required
Whyalla Hostel Stories
When: Thursday 16 May, 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Whyalla Library, Ekblom Street, Whyalla Norrie
Bookings: Not Required
Woodside Hostel Stories
When: Wednesday 22 May, 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: Woodside Library, 26 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Woodside
Bookings: Not Required
Hendon Hostel Stories
When: Thursday 23 May, 10am - 11.30am
Where: Seaton North Neighbourhood Centre, 16 Cairns Avenue, Seaton
Bookings: Not Required
Rosewater Hostel Stories
When: Saturday 25 May, 1pm - 2.30pm
Where: Port Adelaide Library, 2–4 Church Street, Port Adelaide
Bookings: http://www.portenf.sa.gov.au/library