Get a glimpse into the region's past

EVENT: The Stirling North Cemetery will host the guided tour 'Grave Matters' event during South Australia's History Festival this month. Photo: Leah Rasmus
EVENT: The Stirling North Cemetery will host the guided tour 'Grave Matters' event during South Australia's History Festival this month. Photo: Leah Rasmus

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

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.

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

Also taking place is the 'Postcode5730 Photographic Exhibition', which will showcase the diverse histories and contemporary lives of spectacular landscapes, people and items at the Blinman Memorial Hall from Friday, May 7 to Saturday, May 22, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The official launch will be on Saturday, May 8 at 2pm.

The 'Booleroo Steam and Traction Preservation Society Open Day' from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, May 8 at the Booleroo Centre Town Oval will showcase a collection of historic steam exhibits and farm machinery, highlighting technology from the 1880s to 1950s.

'Opening up the Outback', presented by Pichi Richi Railway at Quorn Railway Station throughout May from 9am to 5pm, will allow people to experience the adventure of train travel through the Flinders Ranges, while 'Holowiliena Station History Festival Tour' will provide a tour of the station every Saturday in May at 10.30am - other dates and times by request for on-site guests.

Quorn will be hosting 'Change: How We View and Use the Natural World Around Us' at locations throughout the town, including Quorn Courthouse, Quorn Visitor Information Centre, Quorn Bush Tucker Trail and Quorn Pioneer Machinery Park.

The courthouse is open May 1 and 15 from 11am to 2pm, with the visitor centre open daily from 8.30am to 5pm, while the trail and park will be self-guided and open throughout the month.

For more information on these events, visit festival.history.sa.gov.au.