Featuring Guest Speaker Dr Jeff Nicholas and the extraordinary story of London’s Reform Club and its role in founding the colony of South Australia.

Mt Lofty Districts Historical Society AGM

Friday March 27, 2015

7.30 -10.00pm

Coventry Library Stirling

Most famous for being the starting point of Phileas Fogg’s journey Around the World in 80 Days, the historic Reform Club met formally for the first time in 1836 on the very day that Colonel Light set sail for South Australia. The club in Pall Mall was established by the same liberal MPs who drove the South Australian Act through British Parliament, and counted amongst its members some of the most radical and innovative thinkers of the time.

Celebrated historian Dr Jeff Nicholas has devoted many years to researching the histories of these men, the club and the part they played in driving the first great experiment in systematic colonization – the colony of South Australia. Come and hear this fascinating but little known story.

Drinks and nibbles provided

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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