Talking History

The Talking History Lecture Series will be back in 2023!

In 2023 Talking History will be in its tenth year. Planning is underway to bring you a broad range of thought provoking topics, presented online and in person. We look forward to sharing these presentations with you. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss the registration details for all our lectures. 

Talking History is a series of monthly lectures hosted by The History Trust of South Australia. Each month you can hear about a different aspect of South Australia’s history. We have a range of speakers from various disciplines, from history and archaeology to architecture and community research.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Talking History!

2022 Talking History lecture recordings:

15 March: Strumpet, Sinner, Circus Star? Uncovering the dramatic, mysterious, and tragic life of a Destitute Asylum girl
Migration Museum Curator Corinne Ball discovered Mabel Worley (1872-1937) in 2015 when doing research for an exhibition. Mabel gave birth at the Destitute Asylum, married, ran away, and joined a circus. Corinne’s talk and book Three-ring circus, uncovers Mabel’s incredible adventures as she navigated love and loss, and fell into a life of crime, yet rubbed shoulders with the big stars of her day. It solves a 100 year old family mystery!

Recording available via YouTube

10 May: A History Festival event: The Death of Dr Duncan
The drowning of University of Adelaide law lecturer Dr Duncan in the River Torrens on 10 May 1972 is one of Australia’s most notorious unsolved murders. On the 50th anniversary of Duncan’s death, come hear this fascinating talk by Tim Reeves based on his new book, The Death of Dr Duncan. It is a story both disturbing and captivating.

Recording available via YouTube

26 July: Jennifer Cockburn in conversation with Simon Royal on Writing for His Life, her biography of Stewart Cockburn
Join us to hear Jennifer Cockburn talk about her book, WRITING FOR HIS LIFE: Stewart Cockburn, Crusading Journalist, with former ABC journalist Simon Royal.

Recording available via YouTube

18 October: The South Australian Frontier and its Legacies
Presented by members of ARC research team Dr Skye Krichauff, Associate Professor Rob Foster and Mandy Paul. Presenting the results of a project documenting frontier conflict in colonial South Australia and its legacies.

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council under a Linkage grant. Partners in this collaborative endeavour are the History Trust of South Australia, the University of Adelaide, Reconciliation South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the State Library of South Australia and State Records of South Australia.

Recording available via YouTube

15 November: COME OUT! Celebrating 50 years of queer activism: 1972 – 2022
Presented by HCSA 2021 Historian of the Year Will Sergeant. Will Sergeant recounts his journey of queer activism and the positive changes in laws and attitudes since 1972. A 2022 Feast Festival event.

Recording available via YouTube

Why not spend the evening listening to the story of Don Dunstan? Hear about hysteria or learn about the Kaurna environment? There is so much to explore! To see our collection of past Talking History recordings, visit The History Trust’s YouTube or SoundCloud account.