Antique and Old Wares – Valuation & Info Day – Sat 24th Nov 2018

The Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery will be hosting an antique and old wares valuation and information day

Antique and Old Wares - Valuation & Info Day - Sat 24th Nov 2018
Antique and Old Wares – Valuation & Info Day – Sat 24th Nov 2018

Date: Saturday 24th November 2018
Time 10:00am until 11:30am

To be held in the Gallery
17-19 Bruce Street
Eudunda

An antique expert of considerable repute
Mr. John Foumakis
has offered to value and give information about
your old treasures

Entry cost $5:00
Includes coffee and cake

Everyone has something old and interesting to share

Discover Sir Hubert Wilkins’ Cottage & His Great Explorations

As part of South Australia’s History Festival 28th April – 31st May,
Sir Hubert Wilkins’ Cottage is open and many interesting things displayed about this great, yet little know South Australian Explorer, who grew up in the area of Mount Bryan East (SA).

The open house will be from 11 am until 3 pm. on Sunday 29th April.

Open Doors - Sir Hubert Wilkins Cottage 29th April 2018
Open Doors – Sir Hubert Wilkins Cottage 29th April 2018

More details on the History Festival of SA web page

Unearthing WWI History at Friends of the Gallery Birthday

Our special February meeting of the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery ‘Friends of the Gallery’ morning tea which celebrated the Galley’s Birthday each year was combined with The Probus Club of Eudunda & Districts this year.

Eudundas Citizen of the Year Pam Dutschke cutting the Heritage Gallery Birthday Cake Feb 2017
Eudundas Citizen of the Year Pam Dutschke cutting the Heritage Gallery Birthday Cake Feb 2017

Our guest speaker was Michael Wohltmann who is a retired school teacher, historian and author of his book “A Future Unlived” ‘A forgotten chapter in South Australia’s History’.

During research for his book he found that during World War I, there were 90 internment camps in Australia and Asia Pacific,  with two on Torrens Island in South Australia.

During the ‘Great War’ as it was called, some 6,890 people were interned with German/Austrian heritage, 4,500 being Australian residents. Michael says that many were classed as model citizens before the war. They were often interned because of some loyalty with their fore-fathers and some were still corresponding with distant relatives in Europe.

The Barossa Valley, Eudunda and Loxton were some towns with a predominately German heritage.

One precious piece of information, Michael unearthed relating directly to Eudunda was that a report in the Kapunda Herald, 12th Feb. 1915 tells of the ‘Citizens Forces’, conducting a blockade in Eudunda. At that time they were the reserve units of the Australian Army.

None of those attending the meeting had heard of this before, so it was very interesting. Another Chapter to the facinating Eudunda history.

Many German descendants joined the services to fight for Australia and its allies. This is evident locally with many names recognized on the local Honour Rolls.

Michael Wohltmann, Delilah Balmer, Fay Grosser , Michael Bateman
Michael Wohltmann, Delilah Balmer, Fay Grosser , Michael Bateman

We thank Michael Wohltmann for his very interesting talk.

More information and purchases of Michael’ book can be found at https://torrensislandinternmentcamp.com.au

You can find another report with more detail on the Eudunda Portal
SA and Eudundas World War 1 Links