Welcome to the Historical Society of South Australia Website

The Historical Society of South Australia (HSSA) covers many aspects of South Australia’s history and offers stories of diverse South Australians who have added to our state’s quality of life, progress and heritage.

Since its foundation in 1974 the Society has stimulated public awareness of our history and heritage through engagement in public debates, a program of monthly lectures, bi-monthly newsletters and our academically refereed annual journal.

In 2022 our program is a showcase of our state’s rich shared histories, of the rich heritage of our multicultural state and of its stature, local, nationally and internationally. It gives opportunities to explore unfamiliar and untold stories that display the significance of South Australian characters and how they contributed to the economic, intellectual and spiritual development and progress of South Australia. 

Two Adelaide women became activists who showed fierce courage in bringing change.  They pursued unconventional beliefs of women’s rights to vote and to alter education systems. They improved the quality of life of not only South Australians but also far beyond our shores in the United Kingdom.

Discover progressive initiatives early South Australian settlers took. Settlers in rural regions, such as the Adelaide Hills, Mid-North and Barossa Valley, constructed churches and war memorial windows and added to South Australia’s moral fibre.

By adding other layers of narrative to the dominant narratives we understand the richness in the stories of our state’s history and characters and thus increase how we value our heritage.  Members can share remarkable South Australian stories by nominating a book and its author for the Maurice Keain Medal in 2022. New scholarly stories are continually shared in our HSSA newsletter, the Society’s annual Journal, and added on the HSSA website. 

The HSSA Council is looking forward to meeting again with our members and guests, under Covid requirements, armed with curiosity, queries and new stories, in 2022.

Inquiries are welcome, using the contact tab above.

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

Pamela Rajkowski (President)

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