Monday, May 30, 2011

Re-Opening of the Institute Building for History Month 2011

Our final event for History Month was for the Victoriana Society on the 29th May. For the150th year anniversary of the 1861 opening of the Institute Building on North Terrace in Adelaide, the society held a reenactment of the original official opening. Unfortunately as we were taking part in the reenactment we were unable to take any photos of the event itself. Hopefully I may be able to get copies of the official photos at a later date. The ceremony went for over an hour, which was a lot shorter than the original thankfully. It was concluded by an afternoon tea that was provided by members of the society. 

The following photos are of Nic and myself relaxing in the lending library after the event.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kingston Historic House Devonshire Tea for History Month 2011

Our second event for History Month, on the 22nd May, was a Devonshire tea afternoon at Kingston House. Nic provided sentinel security at the door to the house while Richard and Bob patrolled the rooms and chatted with the afternoon's guests. It was a lovely afternoon and hopefully we did some good in promoting a great historical charity.

Kingston House is a wonderful charity of volunteers who donate their time to raise funds to restore and protect this beautiful house. They hold afternoon teas every Sunday afternoon except for the summer months when they are closed. The history of the house can be read on their website

 Unfortunately the photos are not of very good quality, however, it was still a lovely afternoon with excellent tea and scones.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Noarlunga Volunteer Rifles Encampment 2011

For History Month this year the Noarlunga Volunteer Rifles decided to hold a military encampment. The site chosen was the original rifles parade ground at Market Square in Old Noarlunga. The camp ran over two days from the 7th to 8th of May. On display was period camping, cooking, clothing, military implements and guns. The volunteers also held military displays twice a day including firing drills.

This event provided a wonderful opportunity to meet with ancestors of the original Noarlunga and other Volunteer Rifle groups within Adelaide. It was also good and positive publicity for the Southern Rangers Black Powder Club and the Noarlunga Volunteer Rifles. We also received a lot of positive feedback on the encampment and hope to be able to make it a yearly event in the future.

Photo advertising the event in the Southern Times Messenger Newspaper.
Bob Rose, Danielle Grguric, Nic Grguric and Richard Schwer.
(Left to Right)

 Encampment Layout on the first morning.

 Richard, presenting information about the history of the rifles to the gathered crowds.

 Drill display on the main square.

Comparative speed blank firing competition, between Lachlan (using a breachloader) and Nic (using a muzzleloader).