Meetings

General meetings, which feature an address from a guest speaker, are free and are held at the Burnside Community Centre at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month. Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the general meetings.

View the full record of past meetings, including details of the talk and how to access recordings.

Upcoming Meetings

7:30 pm Monday 17 July 2017

Presented by David Buob

Glenside Hospital began as the Parkside Lunatic Asylum in 1870. Its history from that establishment through to its peak of the late 1950s when it housed almost 2000 inmates will be outlined. The address will also look at its current configuration, the proposed residential precinct to be built by Cedar Woods, the building of the new Repatriation facility and what these changes mean in terms of the existing buildings.

David worked at Glenside Hospital from 1973-94 before being transferred to Community work in the South. Retiring briefly in 2012 he has continued with casual / contract work since December 2012 and at Glenside again since December 2015. David has had an interest in the history of mental health in South Australia extending over several decades.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

Location

Coralie Soward Hall, Burnside Community Centre (adjacent Burnside Library)

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore SA 5065

Enter car park from Fisher Street, off Portrush Road

7:30 pm Monday 21 August 2017

Presented by Jenny Stock

Endorsed for safe Liberal seats, and duly elected in March 1959, these Liberal women MPs had not only to represent their party (and class), but inevitably also their gender. Their novelty value as lone members of ‘the fair sex’ both protected and restrained them in the early years while Playford still reigned. From 1965, they were hit not only by the advent of unfamiliar Labor Governments and the slow disintegration of the old LCL, but the challenges of the second wave of feminism. Jessie survived 20 years in a Legislative Council which was being transformed, while Joyce was elevated to a Cabinet role by Steele Hall and came briefly to exercise real power. Both retired under less than ideal circumstances, but could feel some satisfaction at their achievements.  

Jenny taught Australian politics for many years at Adelaide University and in retirement has specialized in political biography. Her interest in tonight’s topic was sparked by her work for the Australian Dictionary of Biography on these two women. Having discovered far more than required for the modest wordage allowed in the Dictionary, she now wishes to pass on some of that additional information. Her talk this year follows on from her well-received address to the Society on 15 February 2016 Two Burnside Ladies: how SA got its first Female MPs.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

Location

Coralie Soward Hall, Burnside Community Centre (adjacent Burnside Library)

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore SA 5065

Enter car park from Fisher Street, off Portrush Road

7:30 pm Monday 18 September 2017

Presented by Professor Kay Whitehead

Professor Whitehead’s address will explores Edith Hübbe’s (1859-1942) family life, friendships and work as a teacher from Grote St Model School and the Advanced School of Girls through to her thirty-five year career at Knightsbridge School in Statenborough Street. Highly respected by her colleagues and students, Edith was the first woman to qualify for entrance to the University of Adelaide, but she also experienced a number of challenges in her life, including raising her children single-handedly after her husband’s death in 1900.

Kay Whitehead is a Professor of History of Education in the School of Education at Flinders University. She focuses on teachers’ lives and work from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century in South Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada. Her talk follows on from her well-received address to the Society on 19 September 2016 Early schools run by women in Adelaide and its suburbs.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.

Location

Coralie Soward Hall, Burnside Community Centre (adjacent Burnside Library)

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore SA 5065

Enter car park from Fisher Street, off Portrush Road