Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society’s Sandra Kearney will introduce us to …

Henry Sewell, Founder of the Payneham Nurseries




Henry Sewell stepped off the boat at Port Adelaide in 1865 and became extremely active in horticultural society in Adelaide from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. It was Henry who would put South Australia on the world map where plants were concerned and why the nurserymen of Victoria called Adelaide the City of Palms.

Henry was warm, witty, kind and had a big heart. His horticultural life will leave you gasping for breath when you discover just what it was he did 150 years ago. Why not come back in time with us to discover a little of Henry’s life and the plants he introduced and grew in Adelaide in the early days of the colony.

Sandra is currently a Committee member and Garden History Coordinator in the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society where she gets to feed her love of history, gardens and gardeners. This year she completed a Diploma in Garden History with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a full time mature student at Flinders University aiming for a BA in History to add to her Garden History qualifications and is looking forward to seeing where it takes her next.

Coventry Library, 63 Mt Barker Rd, Stirling

Friday 4th December 7:00 to 9:30pm

Entry $10 per head

Drinks and Nibbles Provided

ALL WELCOME    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL RSVP by November 28th to assist with catering email mldhsinc@gmail.com or phone 8339 8236 

“Public Spaces of Grief and Reconciliation: the Roadside Memorial and Identity”

Wednesday July 15, 2015

7.30 pm for 8.00 pm start

Stangate House, 3 Edgeware Road, Aldgate

Once again the Society is pleased to bring you a very interesting young speaker with a challenging and topical subject for our annual Fireside Chat at historic Stangate House in Aldgate.  Emily Anderson is a Masters of Architecture graduate from the University of Adelaide, whose research explores the increasing number of roadside memorials being set up after roadside fatalities.  Emily’s interest in this subject has resulted in a very important analysis of the reasons for this expression of sorrow and the emerging community reactions. In the eastern States there have even been some forthright discussions about memorials becoming so large they are distracting drivers.

Our Society is keen to engage with and support young researchers and provide opportunities for them to reach a wider audience. We hope that you will join us in this endeavour and share the work of a talented young South Australian researcher. Emily has also recently researched Soldier’s War Memorial Gardens and this year commenced tutoring a history and theory course to first year Bachelor of Architectual Studies students at the University of South Australia.

As usual for our Fireside Chat events, there will be a roaring open fire and convivial company.

Please bring a plate to share. We will provide tea and coffee, a glass of port  and a chocolate or two.

Admission: Members $10. Non members $12

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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