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This festival is widely recognised as one of the great international arts festivals, while its accompanying Writers’ Week is the largest literary event of its kind.
Historical Event | By Lance Campbell | 1960s, 1970s, 1990s, 2000-2010
Huge crowds gathered on the streets of Adelaide on 11 November 1918 to celebrate the armistice of the First World War.
Historical Event | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | North Terrace | 1910s
In January 1931, during the Great Depression, more than 1000 unemployed men clashed with police in protest at the replacement of beef with mutton on their ration tickets
Historical Event | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | North Terrace, Southwest corner | 1930s
From sporting events to flower festivals and patriotic displays presented by thousands of children, South Australia's Centenary Celebrations emphasised the positive.
Historical Event | By Margaret Anderson, History SA | 1930s
One of the largest pageants in the world, come one, come all to Adelaide’s famous Christmas Pageant!
Historical Event | By Anne Burrows | North Terrace | 1930s, late twentieth century, mid twentieth century
George Ian Ogilvie Duncan, a lecturer in law at the University of Adelaide, drowned on 10 May after being thrown into the River Torrens. Rumours spread that officers from the vice squad engaged in ‘poofter bashing’ had killed Duncan.
Historical Event | By Tim Reeves | River Torrens | 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Throughout the 1890s South Australia was at the forefront of the Federation movement that created the Commonwealth of Australia from six British colonies.
Historical Event | By John Bannon | early twentieth century, late nineteenth century, mid nineteenth century
American aeronaut Thomas Gale made South Australia’s first successful aerial ascent in June 1871
Historical Event | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | North Terrace | 1870s
Every year between 1938 and 1975 Adelaidians showed pride in their city by beautifying it with mass displays of flowers on National Flower Day.
Historical Event | By John Davis | North Terrace | 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
In 1910 thousands of people lined the Torrens to see the carnival of lavishly decorated boats in the first Henley-on-Torrens Regatta
Historical Event | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | Parklands, River Torrens | 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2010, 2010s
Violence and election irregularities marred the process when, in 1855, South Australians got their first chance to elect politicians drawn from, and responsible to, the people.
Historical Event | By Corinne Ball, Migration Museum | Hindley Street | 1850s
The Adelaide Mosque, the oldest in Australia, has been the centre of Islamic festivals since the 1890s
Historical Event | By Jude Elton, History Trust of South Australia | Southwest corner | 1890s
Adelaide’s very first Gay Pride March took place on Saturday 15 September 1973.
Historical Event | By Will Sergeant | Central Market, River Torrens, Rundle Mall, Rundle Street east | 1970s
The Royal Adelaide Show has become the annual meeting place for country and city.
Historical Event | By Rob Linn | early twentieth century, early twenty–first century, late nineteenth century, late twentieth century, mid nineteenth century, mid twentieth century
The December 1836 proclamation at Holdfast Bay is South Australia’s best known historical event, despite it often being misunderstood
Historical Event | By Margaret Anderson, History SA | 1830s
'A red letter day in the calendar of South Australia': welcoming home heroes
Historical Event | By Mandy Paul, History SA | 1860s
Crowds gathered on 22 April 1857 to watch Governor Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell open South Australia’s first fully elected parliament.
Historical Event | By Mandy Paul, History SA | North Terrace | 1850s
Before the poppy became the recognised flower for war memorials the violet, in South Australia, was the 'symbol of perpetual remembrance'.
Historical Event | By Catherine Manning, History Trust of South Australia | 1910s, 1920s
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