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HSSA Grants 2017

Applications for 2017 HSSA's Grants Scheme are now closed.



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The Historical Society of South Australia (HSSA) exists for the primary purposes of promoting interest in and the study of South Australian history.

Since its foundation in 1974 the Society has stimulated public awareness of our history and heritage through engagement in public debates, by a program of monthly lectures and regular field trips, and in publishing quarterly newsletters and our academically refereed annual journal.

We strive to appeal to a wide audience, both in terms of their historical interests and ages.

Details of the monthly lecture program and our field trips can be found on this website.

We look forward to welcoming visitors, and new and returning members at all of our events.

Adrian Brown, Acting President


The photograph shows members and friends on a past day long field trip


Keain Book Award

The 2017 Keain Medal for 2017 was awarded in May.

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We invite you to join the Historical Society of South Australia

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Please complete this form and send it with your payment to:
The Treasurer, Historical Society of SA Inc
PO Box 519, Kent Town SA 5071
  Each month from February to November the Society meets to hear intriguing stories and colourful accounts of our state’s lively past.

Meetings are held in the Burnside Community Centre, cnr Portrush and Greenhill Roads, Tusmore. Enter via Fisher street. Visitors are always welcome.


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The meeting on 1st September at 7:30-9pm features

Madeline Regan:
From the Veneto to Frogmore and Findon Roads: Stories of Italian market gardeners 1920s – 1970s

The meeting on 6th October at 7:30-9pm features

Pamela Rajkowski:

Elder’s Innovation – Camels and Afghans: from Bikaner to Beltana
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About the Society

Foundation and Objects, Current Members of Council, Past Presidents ... click here
HSSA Annual Journal

Previous Issues, Indexes and Tables of Contents, Information for Authors ... click here

HSSA Resources

HSSA  Publications, Research Guides, Useful Websites ... click here
Join the Society

HSSA  Membership Application Form ... click here