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----: HILLS HISTORY GROUPS :----
ABOUT TIME HISTORY FESTIVAL
By Genevieve Cooper
They meet in halls and homes
and their passion is collecting and
protecting the memories of the Hills.
They are the history groups of the region
and whether they have eight members or
180 the dozen or more organisations are
dedicated to researching, cataloguing and
sharing the memorabilia of everyday life.
Now, at the end of History Month,
the groups have come together to raise
the profile of local history and to urge
residents to "think of us" before they
throw out old items.
"We really want to encourage people
to contact us before they throw out
any memorabilia, whether that be
photographs, documents, maps, diaries,
trophies, medals or whatever," said East
Torrens Historical Society president Jon
"If you're cleaning out the shed or a
relative dies and you have things that
you're not sure might be of historical
value, contact us and let us know.
"We can scan photos and documents and
return precious originals or, if you don't
want to keep them, we'll take good care
An example of a find brought in by
a member of the public was a large
photograph of the Marble Hill Vice-Regal
residence taken three days after the
grand home was destroyed in the Black
Sunday Bushfires of January 1955.
"We thanked the lady for thinking of
us as we were not aware that such a
photograph existed," Mr Richards said.
The Macclesfield History Group gained
a 1906 medallion struck for a local
sporting event thanks to a resident's gift.
The medallion was dug up in an Aldgate
garden and given to the Mt Barker
National Trust branch before being
passed on to Macclesfield.
"We do work together," Mr Richards
"We quite often pass on items -- such as
photographs -- that are given to us but we
realise they belong to another area."
Anyone with items to pass on or who
might be interested in local history are
urged to contact their nearest group.
Formed in 2009, has about 12
members who meet on the third Sunday of
the month in the Longwood Institute. The
group is researching the history of the Scott
Creek WW1 Soldiers' Memorial Hall and
raising money to upgrade the building and
provide historic information on plaques.
The group is also working on a memo-
rial cairn to remember the Christ Church
at Longwood which was destroyed in the
Killick at firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile
0418 819 058.
Formed in 2006,
has about 20 members involved in different
projects. Members now working on a large
montage depicting the history of the Mylor
Oval for the Sporting History Display at the
Mylor Oval Clubrooms this Sunday. Other
projects include publications on Mylor's
history and the WW1 Avenue of Honor in
Mylor's main street. Workshops held most
Friday mornings in the Mylor Cotton Memo-
Leonie Barker on 8388 5858.
Formed in 2010
when the old bootmaker's shop near the
Mylor oval faced demolition. The group took
on fundraising and restoration of the small
heritage building. Members also published
the booklet The Old Boot Maker's Shop,
Mylor which covered the history of the
group shares space at the Coventry Library,
Stirling, where visitors can access the his-
tory collection from 2--4pm, Tuesday to
Sunday. The group has an annual program
of events, talks and presentations. Major
projects this year included reorganising and
expanding parts of the collection, research
on gardens and garden gates, development
of a Facebook page, setting up a Herit-
World Heritage Bid and ongoing support
email@example.com or call 8339 8236.
1982 to cover the old East Torrens District
Council area and has an active commit-
tee. Meetings with guest speaker held
bi-monthly, from February, on the second
regular working bees at the Slab Hut at
Ashton and Deep Creek Bridge at Basket
Uraidla and Summertown Show, Australia
Day celebrations, History Month and wild-
group is doing a second print run of its
latest publication, Marble Hill -- a Grand
and Glorious View, which was co-written
169 Norton Summit 5136, website www.
Formed in 1964, has 130 members
and a seven-member committee. Current
project is raising funds to repair and restore
the interior of Stangate House at Aldgate.
The grand home with famous camellia
garden was donated to the National Trust.
The committee meets at Stangate House
at 4pm on the second Wednesday of the
vicius via email enquiries@stangatehouse.
lished a town history book to celebrate the
ciation. Members meets on Wednesdays
at 1pm in the institute building in Venables
Street. The group has a large historic col-
lection and publishes items in the town's
fortnightly newsletter. Members working
on restoring photographs and documents,
digitising their collection and making their
collection accessible to the community
including setting up the website maccles-
in community events such as the recent
Started a few years, focussed
on digitisation of photos and documents,
recording of oral histories and the collation
of special topics or place summaries. Major
project this year was the restoration of the
the memorial and the lives of servicemen in
the district, The Forgotten Monument, was
firstname.lastname@example.org. Website histo-
The group operates as a sub-
committee of the Echunga Memorial Insti-
tute. A room at the Institute is being set up
as a local history centre where records and
artefacts of the Echunga area may be pre-
Women's Trail, planning and heritage advo-
cacy, research, a local website and bush
Annette Oien hahndorfnationaltrust@gmail.
1988 and now focussed on photo and docu-
ment scanning and collection management.
Representing some of the many history groups in the region are Sue Laundy (front left),
Lyn Radzevicius, Libby Shore, Carol Moore, Jane Goldsmith, Daryl Stevenson. Back,
from left, Lesley Ewing, Beverly Hoepner, Jon Richards, Adrian Probert, Peter Goldsmith,
Lesley Schack, John Forster, Brian Barker and Jim Killick.
Collecting and protecting Hills memories
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