History Festival

South Australia’s History Festival will run for the entire month of May. 

We invite you to celebrate our history with a host of fun events. Tour the Mitcham Anglican and General Cemeteries, join a guided walk to explore the historic Mitcham Village, the beautiful Brownhill Creek or the Abbotshall precinct around Lower Mitcham and Hawthorn, or discover the history of Mitcham or your family ties to Coromandel Valley.

Who Lies There Mitcham Cemeteries Tour  

Many of the pioneering families who helped establish South Australia and Mitcham are buried in cemeteries across the Council area. 

Take a guided walking tour through the heritage listed Mitcham Anglican and General Cemeteries, both opened in 1854. Visit the resting places of many of Mitcham's and Adelaide’s earliest pioneers and identities and hear fascinating stories for a glimpse into some very interesting lives.

Date: Wednesday 1 May
 Wednesday 15 May
Time:  10.30am to 12noon
Location: Meet at the Rotunda, Mitcham General Cemetery, Old Belair Road, Mitcham.
Cost:Free

Bookings essential. 

A Village Walk: Mitcham Village Historic Walk 

In 1840 a new village called Mitcham was born. See and hear how Mitcham Village has evolved over 179 years on a guided walk through the Mitcham Village Historic Conservation area. 

Admire the heritage, architecture and learn about the lives of the early and current residents of the village and visit the Edinburgh Hotel which is celebrating its 150th birthday.

Date: Tuesday 7 May
 Tuesday 21 May
Time:  10am to 12.30pm
Location: Meet at Mitcham Heritage Research Centre, Mitcham Cultural Village, 103 Princes Road, Mitcham.
Cost:Free

Bookings essential. 

Up the Creek Brownhill Creek Walking Tour

Generations of families have enjoyed Brownhill Creek Recreation Park. But there's more to the valley than leisure.

In 1914 Brownhill Creek was proclaimed a 'Public Pleasure Resort'. 150 years of Mitcham's history is hidden along Brownhill Creek Road and the public reserve. Tread the paths of the quarrymen, the farmers and the families who lived there as you enjoy the area's natural beauty and also discover the significance of George Prince's seven pines.

Date: Wednesday 8 May
 Wednesday 22 May
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm
Location: Meet at the Mitcham Reserve car park off Evans Avenue.
Cost:Free

Abbotshall Precinct Walk – The Old and the New 

Discover the quiet residential streets around Lower Mitcham and Hawthorn, the secrets of 'Nellie's Garden' adjoining Mitcham Railway Station and the tranquil Brownhill Creek. 

The Lower Mitcham and Hawthorn Abbotshall precinct is named after the first house built in Hawthorn in 1852. Take a guided walk around this peaceful area of Mitcham and discover some of the heritage features linked by the railway line and Brownhill Creek. You will also visit the spectacular brand new Mitcham Memorial Library and the newly redeveloped Brownhill Creek and Soldier’s Memorial Gardens.

Date: Tuesday 14 May
 Tuesday 28 May
Time:  10.30am to 12.30pm
Location: Meet at Mitcham Railway Station main entrance
Cost:Free

Bookings essential. 

The History of Mitcham – How much do you know? 

Discover the history held at Mitcham Local History Service located in the Mitcham Heritage Research Centre in Mitcham. 

Come and explore its extensive collection of documents, photographs and research relating to the history of Mitcham and its 32 suburbs. Learn about the special photographic collections, cemetery records, local newspapers, house histories, community records and a reference library. Come along and have your questions answered by knowledgeable volunteers.

Date: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout May
Time:  10am to 2.30pm
Location: Mitcham Local History Service, Mitcham Cultural Village, 103 Princes Road, Mitcham
Cost:Free

Bookings not required.

Family Ties in Coromandel Valley 

Coromandel Valley descendants discover your family tree. 

Are you researching your family tree? Did your descendants come from Coromandel Valley? Mitcham Local History Service volunteer David Wyatt has undertaken extensive research into Coromandel Valley and will be on hand at the Centre every Thursday to help you with your family tree research, house histories and any other enquiries relating to Coromandel Valley.

Date: Every Thursday throughout May
Time:  10am to 1pm (Open Day)
Location: Mitcham Local History Service, Mitcham Cultural Village, 103 Princes Road, Mitcham
Cost:Free

Bookings not required.

Paper Treasures 

Learn how to care for those precious family photos and documents 

Photos, letters and books are important reminders of our past. In an era of digital records and cloud storage, paper documents are a stable unchanging record, provided they are well cared for. Come and talk to an experienced bookbinder and paper conservator about how to preserve your family photos and documents, repair books and safely keep family treasures for future generations. Bring in your own book to share.

Date: Every Thursday throughout May
Time:  10am to 1pm
Location: Mitcham Local History Service, Mitcham Cultural Village, 103 Princes Road, Mitcham
Cost:Free

For more information about the City of Mitcham South Australian History Festival events or to make a booking call the City of Mitcham Customer Service Centre on 8372 8888 during business hours or email sahistoryfestival@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au

Contact Us

Tel 08 8372 8888

Fax 08 8372 8101

Email Us

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Locate Us

PO Box 21

Mitcham Shopping Centre

Torrens Park SA 5062

131 Belair Road

Torrens Park SA 5062

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