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Port Adelaide Historical Society Museum

95 Fletcher Road

Peterhead, SA 5016

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The Port Adelaide Historical Society is creating a pop-up museum exhibition for the South Australian History Festival.

A Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. Participants write a label for their object and leave it on display. Pop Up Museums focus on bringing people together in conversation through stories, photos, and objects.

Bring along something that reflects our theme “Women in Port Adelaide”

Our curators will help you label and display it & also record your story for our Living Museum collection, if you wish.

The Pop- Museum will then be available for viewing each Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the South Australian History Festival, (27 the April – 31 May 2019May).

Join us for Coffee and Cake!


ABOUT OUR THEME - WOMEN of the PORT

History books about notable people connected with Port Adelaide & environs usually feature men; Ship’s
Captains, Mayors, Business Men, Speculators, Land Holders, Builders, Councillors, Service Personnel, Politicians, Harbourmasters; which is not surprising, given the historical social structures of those days.

With a few exceptions; stories of Port Adelaide women, women’s movements & women’s groups tend to have only appeared spasmodically in publications. So, it is refreshing to hear of Denise George’s new biography ‘Mary Lee’, suffragist and social activist, who “was determined to leave the world a better place” (Wakefield Press)
who had Port connections.

Inspired by a bequest to honour the lives, memory and contribution of the late Lawrie Shields (long-time PAHS Historian, Secretary & Portonian Editor) and his very supportive wife & Committee member Dorothy, the Society has initiated a project of research, to bring together a collection of historical material about ‘Women of Port
Adelaide’ with a view to potential publication in modern & traditional media.

These may be women who are household-names, or have significant connections with the district, such as; Lartelare, Kate Cocks, Mary MacKillop, Margaret Hart, Adelaide Miethke, Margaret Preston or themes such as First People, Suffrage, Temperance, Welfare, Education, Convents, Nurses in WW1 and so on. A striking feature is that women seemed more at the forefront of humanitarian ventures than their male counterparts. The relationship & caring factors. However, there will also be fascinating stories (or snippets) about unknown or less-known women which would make interesting reading, like Catherine Forbes who made news & suffered tragedy when her artist husband drowned mysteriously in the Port River and later made tragic news again when she herself was killed by a train at a Glanville crossing.

Perhaps some of you, will resonate with one or more of the following themes, and have records of key women or groups of women.Or you may know of someone who has.

Here are just some of the potential themes:

  • INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
  • The Colony’s PIONEERING WOMEN
  • EDUCATION
  • HEALTH & WELFARE
  • POLICE
  • COMMUNITY
  • CONVENTS
  • SUFFRAGE & Trade Unions
  • WORLD WAR I….at home(e.g.Cheer Up Society) & abroad (e.g Nurses)
  • CHURCHES
  • HOTELS, Temperance & Brothels
  • ARTS & MUSIC
  • ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS
  • SPORT & Recreation
  • The DEPRESSION
  • FIRSTS
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