Tumby Bay history shared during History Festival

HISTORY: National Trust Tumby Bay Branch president David Brand presents Luke Korczynski with a certificate of appreciation for participating in South Australia's History Festival, and Christine Charlton holds a trophy owned by her father. Photo: Supplied

HISTORY: National Trust Tumby Bay Branch president David Brand presents Luke Korczynski with a certificate of appreciation for participating in South Australia's History Festival, and Christine Charlton holds a trophy owned by her father. Photo: Supplied

As part of South Australia's History Festival in May, the National Trust Tumby Bay Branch and local community was involved in diary readings from past Tumby Bay residents.

Each year the History Trust of South Australia has a theme for the annual history month in May and this year it was thought the diary readings would get people interested in their local history.

The Tumby Bay branch, with encouragement from Robert Randall, got the ball rolling, while Christine Charlton was very enthusiastic.

Mrs Charlton (nee Bottrell) read from her mother's diaries at Weight Watchers, senior citizens and Sunday afternoon at the RSL, where thanks went to Kay Ingram for the afternoon tea and biscuits at short notice.

Branch vice president June Hedley said that overall there would have been more than 100 people attend the three venues and that they were "extremely delighted" with the turnout.

She said there was even a visitor from Victoria's Mornington Peninsula who commented that it was the best Sunday afternoon they had in a long time.

Mrs Charlton had a wonderful display which commemorated her mother, father and her life up to her marriage to Ian.

Ms Hedley said it was a great presentation.

"I was Christine's backup and enjoyed all three presentations, and would do it all again if I got the chance," she said.

"A big thank you to all who attended, and for your generosity."

She said they also acknowledged Nicky Korczynski (nee Provis) and son Luke, who visited Uringa as part of History Festival.

She is a descendant of Joseph Provis, who was one of the first settlers in the Tumby Bay district, and great-great-grandfather Caleb Provis, who did a lot for the town back then.

Attendees listened to entries taken from one of the Provis diaries from 1847.

Mr Korczynski took along a selection of his glass bottles, a spitfire compass, air tester and a few other interesting items from his collection, and chatted with those in attendance about his collection.