History Festival a look into region's past

TOUR: A twilight tour of the Whyalla Steelworks is among the activities on offer this month as part of History Festival. Photo: Whyalla Visitor Centre
TOUR: A twilight tour of the Whyalla Steelworks is among the activities on offer this month as part of History Festival. Photo: Whyalla Visitor Centre

South Australia's History Festival 2021 is taking place throughout the month of May, with events and activities to be hosted on Eyre Peninsula and the Upper Spencer Gulf.

The festival is an annual statewide event exploring South Australia's history through places and spaces, stories, collections and ideas.

A number of free and paid guided tours, openings and exhibitions will take place in the region.

'Whyalla's Unique Circular Jetty: Changing Old to New' is a self-guided tour of the new jetty, with further information on the jetty available at the Whyalla Visitor Centre, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

'BHP Shipbuilding in Whyalla' delves into the history of shipbuilding in the town from 1939 and takes place every day in May from 10am to 4pm at the Whyalla Maritime Museum, as does 'HMAS Whyalla WWII Ship Tour and Maritime Museum', with tours at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

There will also be an open day to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the 1941 launch of HMAS Whyalla, on Sunday, May 16. Family-friendly ship tours will take place at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

The 'Changing Whyalla!' exhibition, displaying how Whyalla has changed over the past 120 years, will take place at the Mount Laura Homestead Museum throughout May, on Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.

The homestead will also host, at the same time, the 'Pop-Up Exhibition of Bland Radio School PA System and Valve Radios' looking at equipment created by radio manufacturer Bland Radio in Adelaide for more than 50 years.

Whyalla's steelworks will also be in the spotlight, with the 'Steelworks Whyalla Bus Tour' and 'Steelworks Twilight Tours' a guided bus tour through the 1000-hectare site.

Tours will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am, and Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm for the twilight tour, presented by the Whyalla Visitor Centre and Whyalla City Council.

'People in the Landscape' is a public lecture exploring the relationship between Aboriginal people and their country in Whyalla's wider region, to take place on Thursday, May 27 from 11am to 12pm at the Whyalla Public Library.

Also, 'Grave Matters' is a guided walk through the Stirling North Cemetery, hosted by the Port Augusta Public Library on Saturday, May 22 at 10.30am.

For more information on these events and others taking place, visit festival.history.sa.gov.au.