Talking History

The Talking History Lecture Series is back!

In 2022, Talking History there will be a mix of online and in person lectures and we look forward to sharing these presentations with you. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss the registration details for all our lectures. 

Talking History is a series of monthly lectures hosted by The History Trust of South Australia. Each month you can hear about a different aspect of South Australia’s history. We have a range of speakers from various disciplines, from history and archaeology to architecture and community research.

Online: Tuesday 26 July: Jennifer Cockburn in conversation with Simon Royal on Writing for His Life, her biography of Stewart Cockburn
Join us to hear Jennifer Cockburn talk about her book, WRITING FOR HIS LIFE: Stewart Cockburn, Crusading Journalist, with former ABC journalist Simon Royal.

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Tuesday 27 September: Lockdown: Torrens Island and the history of quarantine
Late afternoon tour of Torrens Island Quarantine Station with SA Maritime Museum curator Lindl Lawton.

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Tuesday 18 October: Reconciling with the Frontier: documenting settler-Aboriginal conflict in colonial South Australia 
Rob Foster, Skye Krichauff, Mandy Paul – talk and Digital Story Map workshop

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Tuesday 15 November – a FEAST Festival event: 1972: Coming Out and the Adelaide Gay Liberation Front
Presented by 2021 Historian of the Year, Will Sergeant. Celebrating 50 years of activism from 1972 to the present.

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Thank you for your ongoing support of Talking History!

Tuesday 15 March: Strumpet, Sinner, Circus Star? Uncovering the dramatic, mysterious, and tragic life of a Destitute Asylum girl
Migration Museum Curator Corinne Ball discovered Mabel Worley (1872-1937) in 2015 when doing research for an exhibition. Mabel gave birth at the Destitute Asylum, married, ran away, and joined a circus. Corinne’s talk and book Three-ring circus, uncovers Mabel’s incredible adventures as she navigated love and loss, and fell into a life of crime, yet rubbed shoulders with the big stars of her day. It solves a 100 year old family mystery!

Recording available via You Tube

Tuesday 10 May: A History Festival event: The Death of Dr Duncan
The drowning of University of Adelaide law lecturer Dr Duncan in the River Torrens on 10 May 1972 is one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders. On the 50th anniversary of Duncan’s death, come hear this fascinating talk by Tim Reeves based on his new book, The Death of Dr Duncan. It is a story both disturbing and captivating.

Recording available soon

Why not spend the evening listening to the story of Don Dunstan? Hear about hysteria or learn about the Kaurna environment? There is so much to explore! To see our collection of past Talking History recordings, visit The History Trust’s You Tube or SoundCloud account.