Region's rich history

Five local exhibitions are taking part in the South Australian History Festival this year, which runs from April 27 to May 31.

Port Lincoln History Group is helping to put together three events including one in collaboration with the Port Lincoln RSL for a museum exhibition, the Mill Cottage open doors tour and a speaking event called 'Reflections: Lincoln through the looking glass'.

RAILWAY: Trevor Hoskin and ex-guard Bob Proud at the Railway Museum in Port Lincoln anticipate the upcoming history festival.

RAILWAY: Trevor Hoskin and ex-guard Bob Proud at the Railway Museum in Port Lincoln anticipate the upcoming history festival.

Committee member Lee Clayton, who is organising the speaking event said it would incorporate four different topics by four different speakers with the intention of providing snippets of information to attendees.

He said the 20 minute talks will be on the maritime history by an Axel Stenross representative with some history on the cutters, the oyster industry history by the Oyster Walking Group, women's suffrage and feminist movements in South Australia and beyond, and the history of local buildings and their connection to the community.

Mr Clayton, who will be speaking on the women's rights movement, said it was a special year.

"It is the 125th anniversary of our women who obtained the right to vote, and also obtained the right to stand for parliament," he said.

"It's the most dramatic and important accomplishment in global social history," he said of the achievement by South Australian women.

He said while his talk could easily cover between 60 and 80 influential women, he had narrowed the history down to four including two South Australian women.

He said the whole purpose of the speaking event was in the name.

"We want you to go back with a looking glass and see who you are and your history," he said.

We want you to go back with a looking glass and see who you are and your history.

Lee Clayton

"Whether it's about the houses and buildings and how they were socially used, or women and people who do marvelous things, we can become more aware of who we are.

"It's vital...if you don't know your history then you don't know who you are.

"They say if you don't know your history than you're doomed to repeat it."

The Elliston History Group is also hosting a pictorial history of Bramfield Township at the Elliston council chambers, and the EP Railway Preservation Society's Railway Museum will be open every Sunday and Wednesday in May for self-guided tours.

For details on event days and times visit historyfestival.sa.gov.au.