Talking History

The Talking History Lecture Series is back for 2021.

In 2021, Talking History will be back online, along with a few in person events, and we look forward to sharing these presentations with you. Thank you for your ongoing support of Talking History. 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.

2021 Talking History Online


Tuesday 16 November – A first person memoir of Adelaide’s Radical Decade: Gender, sexuality and motherhood in 1970s & ’80s Adelaide
Panel discussion with Dr Ianto Ware and Dr Nikki Sullivan

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Past Talking History events 

Tuesday 30 March, 5.30pm – Windjammers
Dr Adam Paterson, Curator, SA Maritime Museum and Dr Andrew Yip, Assistant Professor of Immersive Media, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University.
Click here to watch Windjammers

Tuesday 20 April, 5.30pm – Down the rabbit hole: History and fiction writing
Panel discussion with local authors Emma Ashmere, Victoria Purman and Pip Williams.
Click here to watch Down the Rabbit Hole

Monday 17 May, 1.30pm – Building a Democracy: South Australia’s First Four Premiers
Alan Reid, Professor Emeritus of Education, UniSA
*This was a special in person event for SA’s History Festival 2021 – held at the Hetzel Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of SA. Due to technical difficulties the recording is not available – we will keep you posted on a re-recording and other content from Alan Reid, Professor Emeritus of Education, UniSA*

Tuesday 15 June, 5.30pmPenfolds: 1844 to Evermore!
In conversation with Jamie Sach, Penfolds Global Ambassador, Carolyn Spooner, State Library SA Community Engagement Librarian and Tony Love, Journalist and Wine Critic.
*This was a special in person event and was not recorded.*

Tuesday 20 July, 5.30pm – Holden Heroes: The amazing history of ‘Australia’s Own Car’
Don Loffler, Holden Historian and Mick Bolognese, Senior Curator, National Motor Museum
Click here to watch Holden Heroes

Tuesday 17 August, 5.30pm – The art of family history
Panel discussion with Dr Noris Ioannou and Sera Waters. 

Click here to watch The art of family history

Tuesday 21 September, 5.30pm – Let’s get physical: Preserving SA’s sporting stories
Panel discussion with Keith Conlon and Kirby Fenwick. 

Click here to watch Let’s get physical

Tuesday 19 October, 5.30pm – Telling the Stories of the Holocaust
Panel discussion with Kathy Baykitch and Pauline Cockrill

Recording coming 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.

Specific event details will be uploaded on our ‘What’s On’ page closer to each lecture.