Visit to the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum


The Museum:  Much to explore and experience

3 Perseverance Rd, Tea Tree Gully SA 5091

Tuesday 5 April 12 noon – 3.00pm

Light lunch on arrival, Introductory talk, Museum entry and self-guided tour

The Museum is housed in the old heritage listed Highercombe Hotel and includes the prominent  two storey blue stone Hotel opened in 1854, plus display pavilions, police holding cell and working  blacksmith shop. The grounds include lawn and gardens and displays of agricultural machinery.  The varied displays feature the domestic and agricultural lifestyles of people in the Tea Tree Gully  area from the 1850s to the 1950s



Cost $20 (light lunch and Museum entry)

Booking Arrangements

  • Bookings and full payment of $20 to be completed by Monday 21 March.
  • Phone Bookings to: 0422705916 (Liz Silz)
  • Money can be transferred by EFT to: Burnside Historical Society
  • BSB: 105086, Ac No: 330298840
  • OR Pay in cash at the BHS March meeting on Monday 21 March.

Transport: Own vehicles.

If needing transport, then please advise at time of booking.  We can arrange car-pooling from the car park of the Burnside Community Centre departing at 11.20am.




June 1983


East Torrens Historical Society Inc invites you to the History Seminar


Saturday 23rd October 2021

Marble Hill Stables, 314 Marble Hill Road, Marble Hill 5137


9.20 am             Registration

10.00 am           Welcome   

                            Dr Geoffrey Bishop, President, East Torrens Historical Society and                                                                      Dr Patricia Michell, Heritage Director, Marble Hill

10.15 am            Guest Speaker: Ian Hamilton, Arcuate Architects – ‘Battle of the Styles’:  Exploring                              the conflict in the mid-1800s in Glasgow (then the second city of the British Empire)                                      between neoclassical and neogothic, drawing comparisons with what was happening in                                South Australia around the same time.

11.00 am           Morning Tea

11.30 am           Group Reports – groups present a project by their organisation during the past year or                               a project being planned (5 minutes each plus question time at the end of the session.)

1.00 pm            Lunch

1.45 pm             Site tours – Marble Hill – a restoration project in action.  Guided tours of the Stables                                    and  grounds, including hilltop lookout.  (No public access to main residence which is                                    still a building site).

3.15 pm             Afternoon tea and closure of the seminar


Seminar hosted by East Torrens Historical Society Inc. and Marble Hill Heritage

Our thanks to the Michell family for hosting the seminar at Marble Hill

Visit to Port Adelaide Historical Society Museum and District

Day Visit to Port Adelaide

Thursday 14 October 2021

Bookings and payments to be finalised by Monday 31 August to Cathy Bransbury and Treasurer

Cost $15 on bus 

or $7 per car

(This includes entrance to Museum and tour of District)

Lunch at Birkenhead Tavern at own cost,

Bus departs Council car park at 9.15 am 


10.00 am     Arrival at Port Adelaide Historical Society’s Museum at 95 Fletcher Rd, Peterhead

                                      Morning Tea, Tour of Museum, Talk by PAHS member

12 noon       Lunch at the very popular Birkenhead Tavern at your own expense

                                      Wide range of reasonably priced meals, 20% discount for all Seniors

2.00 pm       Afternoon tour of historic points of interest in and around Port Adelaide

                                      eg the Lighthouse, Semaphore, Fort Glanville and Port Misery

4.00 pm      Return to Burnside by 4.00 pm


From Dulwich to Dairy Farm: Women and Change During World War II

History Month Festival

Thursday 27 May 2021 at 6.30 pm (approx 60 mins)

Burnside Library, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Per Person:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 70

Contact Burnside Library, Phone: 8366 4280, e-mail:

It’s February 1942.  With Japanese planes bombing Darwin, Adelaide fears an invasion.  Amid this tension a teenager, her life up-ended, begins a diary to store memories for her missing father.

The Life and Times of Colonel William Light

Wednesday 5 May, 2021

At 2 pm for (approx. 60 mins)

City of Burnside Library

401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Presented by Bob Stace, member of the Burnside Historical Society and former President of the Pioneers Association of South Australia, this illustrated presentation explores the life and times of Colonel William Light (1786-1839).  While the events of the final three years of Light’s life spent here in Adelaide are relatively well known this presentation examines now his first 50 years led Light to his final destiny as Adelaide’s founding surveyor.

Bookings essential

Event capacity  40

Price per person $5.00

Contact Burnside Library  8366 4280

The Story of Food and the Humble Olive in Burnside



History Month Festival

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 11.30 am (approx 90 mins)

Burnside Community Centre, 401 Greenhill Road, Tusmore

Adults:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 70

Contact Burnside Library, Phone 8366 4280, e-mail:

Have you ever wondered what was eaten in Burnside in the past? The available vegetables, fruits and meats?  The types of farming techniques and food storage? 

Guided Tour of Historical Magill Wesleyan Cemetery

History Month Tour

Saturday 22 May 2021 at 11.00 am (60 mins tour)

18 Jackson Street, Magill

Adults:  $5.00.

Bookings required – Event capacity 16

Contact Margaret, 0438 838 894 or email Burnside Historical Society


Subdivision for the village of ‘Makgill’ in 1838 included land for a chapel and cemetery.  Early European settlers, contributors to developing the district, were buried in Magill Wesleyan Cemetery, including Charles Bennett founder of Bennett’s Pottery, Joseph Crompton wine and olive maker and the Black family.

Mary Cock and her son donated land for the Magill Wesleyan Church and in 1878 it was held by trustees.  It changed title in 1944 and there was a trustee revision in 1958.  In 1974 the cemetery was transferred to the City of Burnside.

Join our guided tour to discover the stories behind the headstones.

From Settlement of Makgill the Village, to Magill the Suburb

Makgill Village was subdivided in 1838 by two Scots, Robert Cock and William Ferguson.  Magill is part 0f both Burnside and Campbelltown Council areas.  You will be guided back in time from the early village to points of interest beyond.  Some rural elements and industries still exist – the Magill Grain Store, Bennett’s Pottery, Penfold Winery and the historic Romalo House.

Learn about early local businesses, changes to schools, the historic cemetery and local churches.  Join us to discover the history of parts of Magill.

Saturday 29 May 2021, 10.30 to 12.00 pm

Meet at Pepper Street Arts Centre

558 Magill  Road, Magill

Adults:  $5.00

Bookings required (event capacity 16)

Contact Margaret on 0438 838 894 or the Burnside Historical Society by email

Wheal Watkins 1843 Heritage Mine, Glen Osmond Above-Ground Guided Tour

A History Festival Event

Wheal Watkins was part of Australia’s first metalliferous mining area.  It is a 178 year old silver-lead mine site that became the introduction to Cornish mining in South Australia. The area was worked in the 1840’s and was the forerunner to the mining industry based on copper in SA. It transformed the economy of South Australia from depression to rapid growth and prosperity.


Sunday 16 May 2021, for 1 h0ur

Groups limited to 16

Bookings required

Starting either 1.00 pm or 2.30 pm, arrive 15 mins prior

Cost: Adults  $5.00

Phone 0439 478 352


Sturdy closed in footwear needed.  Not suitable for wheelchairs. Walkers require a moderate degree of mobility as lengthy, undulating track and steps to get up and down along the path.

Meet guide at Wheal Watkins Reserve Fire Track, Allandale Avenue, Glen Osmond.  Park near 23 Allandale Avenue. but there are only a few parks at end of the road.