2014 heralds 175 years since David Crafer established an inn, the “Sawyers Arms”, in the area of the Adelaide Hills then known as the “Old Tiers”, only 3 years after South Australia was first settled by Europeans.  We can picture the resident timbercutters and passing bullockies saying “Lets go down to Crafer’s place for a drink.” and so the name was born.

During this year’s History Month, the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society provides an opportunity to discover more about the historic township of Crafers, as a panel of local residents and researchers highlight 175 years of change and development, illustrated with anecdotes, photographs, memorabilia, artefacts and real stories.

Local residents are encouraged to bring along their own photographs or memorabilia of Crafers to share.  Discussion and questions will be encouraged as we learn from each other and perhaps uncover new insights into our local history.

Friday 2nd May, 7.30 to 10.30pm at the Coventry Library, Mt Barker Road, Stirling

Supper Provided, $10 per person, Bookings required for groups only,

Enquiries to Ann Herraman 0419 816 490 or Carol Moore 0408 567 167

Come and join us for the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society

Annual General Meeting

Friday, April 11, 2014

Coventry Library, Stirling (63 Mt Barker Rd)


Featuring guest speaker Dr Bruce Munday

Author of  Those Dry-stone Walls: Stories from South Australia’s Stone Age


For more details visit our Coming Events page


Come and visit

The Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society is based in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia. The Society provides access to a wealth of information about the history of the area through its Local and Garden History Centre in Stirling.

Uniquely, the History Centre brings together the history of local people and the remarkable gardens which influenced the development of this region.

It is located in the new Conventry Library, an award-winning building and the hub of the local community, attracting more than 2000 visitors a day.

The History Centre opened in 2008 thanks to the help of an Australian Government grant under the Regional Partnerships Program, the Adelaide Hills Council and several generous benefactors. It features a public display and research area, with freely available research materials, and a large functional workroom and store room which houses the Society’s collection.

Volunteers are available to assist people with inquiries between 2pm and 4 pm on days the Library is open. So come and visit us, and learn more about this fascinating corner of South Australia and its remarkable history.


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