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 October 2020

Presented by Geoffrey Bishop

Château Tanunda is the grandest of the Barossa Valley’s C19th winery buildings. Its origins are unusual as the impetus for its construction was not from the Barossa. It grew rapidly in its first 20 years under a succession of French winemakers and from the 1920s when owned by the Seppelt family it became best known for its brandy. By the 1970s the winery was in decline, but in recent times there has been a major restoration and rejuvenation.

The Château Tanunda history is the 7th winery history Geoffrey Bishop has researched and written, but the first of a Barossa Valley company. John Geber commissioned a history for the 100th anniversary of the building of the winery and it was published in time for the centenary of the first vintage. Geoffrey’s background is in horticulture, both from his family and his university education. His interest in history has mainly focused on local history in the East Torrens area and the history of viticulture and winemaking in South Australia.

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