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 19 March 2018

Presented by Dr Pauline Payne

The remarkable Alfred Traeger, ‘electronic tinkerer’ and inventor, working with the Rev. John Flynn, changed the lives of isolated-Outback people by developing the pedal-powered wireless and a Morse keyboard. These transceivers aided social contact, the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. Traeger’s early workshop was in Kensington Gardens followed by a larger one in Marryatville.

Dr Pauline Payne is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Adelaide where she is a Visiting Research Fellow in the History Department. She is a historical consultant and President of the History of Science, Ideas and Technology Group (SA). Her publication topics include garden history and agricultural development, settlement history and the history of caravans and electric cars.

All welcome. No charge. Refreshments provided.


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

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore SA 5065

Enter car park from Fisher Street, off Portrush Road