Talking History archive of events

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Talking History is a series of free monthly lectures hosted by History Trust of South Australia.

Talking History in 2017

Tuesday 21 March 5.30pm

John Verran, a Cornish copper miner from Moonta, because Premier of South Australia and thus leader of the State's first majority Labor government.

Professor Philip Payton


Talking History in 2016

Tuesday 12 April  5.30 pm

The Spanish Flu epidemic of 1949 and its impact on Aboriginal people in South Australia

Tom Gara


Tuesday 24 May  5.30 pm

The Hipster Food Revolution

Rebecca Sullivan


Tuesday 21 June  5.30 pm

The Good Neighbour Council of SA: assimilationist tool or instrument of change?

Dr Kristy Kokegei

Tuesday 12 July  5.30 pm

Rural SA and The Great War: the case of Yorke Peninsula

Dr Don Longo

Tuesday 9 August  5.30pm

Desperately seeking Baudin

Lindl Lawton

Tuesday 13 September  5.30pm

A boomerang, apricot pies, a pocketful of porridge and other stories of 'the Black's camp'

Dr Skye Krichauff

Tuesday 11 October  5.30pm

Ever yours, Rita: The private lives of some South Australian women, 1900 to 1940

Jenny Scott

Monday 24 October 6pm

Out of the Ivory Tower: ways of telling history

Dr Nick Brodie and Dr Kiera Lindsey


Tuesday 8 November  5.30pm
Behind The Streets of Adelaide : A Catalogue of Reform

Dr Jeff Nicholas KJSJ

Please click here for the current 2014 program and to register your interest.


23 April 

Adelaide: a Literary City      

Dr Philip Butterss


27 May 

ASIO, Don Dunstan and the Cold War in South Australia

Dr Dino Hodge


18 June

City of Smokestacks  

Dr Peter Bell


9 July

A Water History of the Simpson Desert       

Dr Ingereth MacFarlane


23 July

Matthew Flinders: the man behind the map of Australia   

Dr Gillian Dooley


20 August

Australian Red Cross: A Century of Humanitarianism   

Prof Melanie Oppenheimer


17 September

Exposed: China, photography and the art of Hedda Hammer Morrison 1933-46           

Dr Claire Roberts


Below is a list of past events held in 2013.

April 18

Living standards in Australia: from pre-European settlement to 2010

Professor Martin Shanahan

May 8 [SA History Festival]

The Task Force Aboriginal higher education program 1973-2013: a history

Sharon Meagher/ Dr Sue Anderson

June 12

Climate and Classicism: Debates around an appropriate architectural style in nineteenth century South Australia

Dr Julie Collins

July 10 [NAIDOC Week]

Aboriginal Adelaide Cultural Landscape

Karl Telfer & Gavin Malone

August 14

Carl Linger’s Missing Legacy

Dr Jula Szuster
Unitarian Church of South Australia, 99 Osmond Terrace, Norwood


September 17 [Oz Asia Festival]

Forgotten Connections: India and South Australia, 1880s-1940s

Professor Marg Allen

October 9

Sustainable Development: Oxymoron or opportunity?

Professor Chris Daniels

November 6

Close Encounters with the Second World War through the Eyes of Women Artists

Professor Cathy Speck