About Time History Festival | South Australia | 1-31 May 2015


About Time 2015 is an event all about exploring South Australia’s history and is one of our largest annual community events.

About Time promotes our State’s wonderful collections, places and stories through an amazing range of history-related activities. With close to 500 events presented by more than 300 organisers around the state there is something to interest everyone. Walks, talks, openings and exhibitions – history is being told in all sorts of ways throughout May.

The About Time website has a useful event finder to help find events by region, type or subject. There are dozens of family friendly topics to choose from such as children, animals, toys, education, school, sport, music, dance, food and nature.  Below are just a few handpicked highlights.


Being 4

  • Sat 23 & Sun 24 May, 10.30am-3pm |  Mon 25 & Tue 26 May, 10am-4pm
  • Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground | Victoria Drive, Adelaide
  • Do you remember being four? Come and explore an exhibition curated by four year olds, exploring what means most to them. It is also a chance for kids of all ages (and the young at heart) to make an ‘exhibition piece’ from found and recycled materials for a pop-up museum display.

South Australian Police Museum Open Day

  • Sunday 3 May 2015  |  10am-4pm
  • SA Police Barracks, corner Port and Gaol Rds, Thebarton
  • See displays about real cold cases and test your powers of observation with a crime scene display at the best Police Museum in Australia.
  • View the history of SAPOL since its inception 175 years ago.
  • Four galleries, old police vehicles and the largest collection of uniforms and badges in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Police horses & dogs may also be onsite.

Nairne Museum Grand Opening

  • Saturday 9 May 2015  |  10am-4pm
  • Nairne Institute Building, Princes Highway, Nairne
  • Located in the heritage-listed Nairne Institute building, come and discover the story of this historically important 175 year old town.
  • The grand opening will feature musket volleys by the Adelaide Regiment 1862 Living History Association.
  • Explore the museum’s displays including historical costume, archaeological artefacts, documents, and a range of other items relating to Nairne’s history.

New Old Things at the Maritime Museum

  • Sunday 10 May 2015  |  9.30am-4.30pm
  • Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, 97 Lincoln Highway, Port Lincoln
  • The wooden sailing ketch Hecla was built 111 years ago, but this year looks almost new. Walk on the deck and see down into the restored hull.
  • We have a new statue of Captain Matthew Flinders, his books, and maps he drew after his voyages around Australia and we have a new likeness of Axel Stenross in the Museum.
  • Bookings required for groups only.

Fort Glanville Open Day

  • Sunday 17 May 2015  |  1-4.30pm
  • Fort Glanville, 359 Military Rd, Semaphore Park
  • See (and hear!) the firing of historic cannon, see military drill of the nineteenth century and volley-firing of the Martini-Henry carbines.
  • Guided tour of Australia’s best preserved colonial fort and see the life of the colonial soldier and the biggest gun in Australia!
  • Fort Glanville was the birthplace of the famous ‘Rising Sun’ hat badge worn by all Australian troops.

From Milking Stool to Rotary Dairy

  • Sunday 24 May 2015  |  10am-3pm
  • Meningie Cheese Factory Museum, 3A Fiebig Rd, Meningie
  • Showcasing more than a century of the dairy industry in the Meningie area. Keynote speaker: Peter Thiele, former manager of Lakeside Dairy Co. Ltd.
  • Enjoy historic Lakeside Dairying items and tickle your taste buds with delicious local produce.
  • Hear and see antique engines, tractors and vehicles from vintage car clubs.
  • Free mini-train rides for children throughout the day.

40 Years of Come Out Children’s Festival: Retrospective Exhibition

  • Friday 22 to Saturday 30 May 2015  |  10am-3pm and during performance times
  • Dunstan Playhouse Foyer, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Rd, Adelaide
  • Founded in 1974, Come Out Children’s Festival is celebrated as one of the greatest festivals for young people.
  • Explore the evolution of the Festival in this retrospective exhibition of festival posters from the last 40 years.
  • Schools and families can explore this free exhibition during Come Out Children’s Festival 2015 amongst our program of incredible performances, workshops, exhibitions and events.
  • Bookings not required
  • Cost: Free


For more information and all enquiries please visit the About Time website.

What:  About Time: South Australia’s History Festival

When:  1-31 May 2015

Where:  South Australia (see About Time website for locations)

Who:  All Ages

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