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The History Trust of South Australia is a statutory authority governed by a board of eight Trustees, reporting to Parliament through the Minister for the Arts. It was established in 1981 under the History Trust of South Australia Act 1981 to encourage the research and public presentation of South Australian history, and to safeguard South Australia’s State History Collection. 

The History Trust operates three  museums – the Migration Museum, National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum. The History Trust also manages an important community history program and presents South Australia's History Festival every year. 

The History Trust of South Australia is responsible for the following: 

  • researching and interpreting South Australia’s history 
  • preserving and exhibiting South Australia’s material history 
  • managing museums of its own and assisting the State’s community museums 
  • encouraging and assisting the work of South Australia’s historical societies 
  • providing policy advice to the Minister for the Arts on issues of relevant to South Australia’s history and material culture.

Click here to view the History Trust of South Australia Act 1981.  Meet our Board of Trustees below.

Elizabeth Ho OAM

Elizabeth Ho OAM is Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. She has held a number of senior positions in the public and higher education sectors and has considerable experience in community engagement, public program development, fundraising and sponsorship, strategic planning and multicultural policy application.

Eva Balan-Vnuk

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk is the granddaughter of migrants, and State Director for Microsoft in South Australia. She is passionate about technology as an enabler for greater engagement, productivity, collaboration and creativity. Eva has a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide, and is Director of Novita Children’s Services. 

Joost Den Hartog

Joost is a digital marketing and audience growth specialist. He is currently the Channel Manager for Australia’s Science Channel, a subsidiary of the Royal Institution of Australia. Originally from the Netherlands, Joost moved to Australia in 2006 to take up the role of Executive Director of the Australian International Documentary Conference, Australia’s peak industry body for the factual film and television industry. Joost’s holds a Masters in Screen Arts and Business from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

June Roache

June has worked in a number of senior executive roles including as Chief Executive of SA Lotteries, and held a number of governance roles. These have included Vice President of the World Lottery Association, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association, Board Member of Business SA and Flinders Medical Centre Foundation.

Michael Lennon

Michael Lennon’s 25-year international career in housing, planning and urban development spans his role as CEO of the Glasgow Housing Association, where he oversaw and lead the largest housing stock transfer in Europe. Prior to then he was the inaugural CEO of Housing New Zealand Corporation, resulting in a period of rapid growth and success.

Peter Goers OAM

Peter Goers OAM is a self-described reformed social irritant who broadcasts the Evening Show on 891 ABC Radio across SA and into the Silver City of Broken Hill. Inexplicably this show has won ten media awards. He has written a column for the “Sunday Mail” for 25 years. He has worked in the theatre in SA and internationally since 1971 as director, actor, designer and playwright. He taught university drama for three years in Istanbul, Turkey and was Historian at the Performing Arts Collection of SA at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Peter Monteath

Peter Monteath was born in Brisbane and educated in Queensland and in Germany. He has taught previously at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Deakin University, The University of Western Australia and The University of Adelaide. He has also been Adjunct Professor at The University of St. Louis Missouri and the Technical University of Berlin, where he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. Peter is currently a Professor at Flinders University where he teaches modern European history.