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Talking History Presents: Adelaide's Jubilee International Exhibition 1887-...
Wed. 5 April 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm ACST
Talking History presents a panel inviting speakers to discuss Adelaide's Jubilee International Exhibition 1887-1888.
The Event, the Building, the Legacy
The Jubilee Exhibition took place at a time when South Australia was experiencing the effects of the economic depression that would take hold internationally from about 1890. The Exhibition was 'a brave attempt' to pull the colony out of a depression by harnessing the power of positive thinking.
Christine Garnaut is Associate Research Professor in Planning and Architectural History and Director of the Architecture Museum, the only such museum in Australia, in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, at the University of South Australia. She is also Associate Dean: Research Education in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences. A historian, Assoc Prof Garnaut's research focuses on Australian twentieth century planning and architectural history. She is particularly interested in the contemporary application of historical ideas, for example in the conservation and management of heritage places.
An Architectural Ornament for North Terrace: The Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition Building
Designed to be a permanent exhibition space for the city, the Adelaide International Jubilee Exhibition Building of 1887 stood for 75 years not only as a reminder of the exhibition but also as an architectural ornament to the city’s cultural boulevard. The product of a somewhat contentious design competition, the building was designed by Adelaide based Withall & Wells, Architects and was delivered within budget and on time for the state’s and the monarch’s jubilee celebrations.
Dr Julie Collins is Collections Manager and Research Associate at the Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. Holding qualifications in Architecture she has worked as a researcher, writer and curator in the field of architectural history for over fifteen years.
Aboriginal participation in the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition
Tom Gara has been employed as an historian in the Native Title Section of the SA Crown-Solicitor’s Office since 2010. Prior to that he worked as an historical consultant on native title claims in northern and western South Australia, and other claims with the Central Land Council and the Ngaanyatjarra Council in Alice Springs. In the 1980s he was involved in a variety of Aboriginal historical research projects and heritage surveys on the Adelaide Plains and Fleurieu Peninsula, in the Lake Torrens-Gawler Ranges area and Far West Coast and Nullarbor Plain. His publications include several papers on the post-contact Aboriginal history of the Adelaide area, and contributions to the Australian Dictionary of Biography and the Wakefield Companion to South Australian History.
The Exhibition that struck a spark
The spark lit the fuse that led to early attempts to introduce electric lighting to Adelaide and finally resulted our first commercial electric supply company.
Richard Venus graduated from the University of Adelaide with a degree in electrical engineering in 1969 and was employed by the Electricity Trust of South Australia for more than 30 years. Richard acquired his interest in engineering heritage in the late 1970s when he assisted two local authors in researching the history of electricity supply and distribution in South Australia. In 1994 he joined the South Australian Division’s Engineering Heritage Branch and became its Chairman in 1997.