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There are three types of YDHS events.

General meetings

Speaker at 7:00pm for 20 - 30 minutes. Followed by meeting and supper.

February, March, April, September, October and November

YDHS Friday Talks

Speaker at 10:00am for 40 - 50 minutes, then question time and morning tea.

March, May, July, September and November

Members' Tours and Social Activities

A range of activities, two to three times a year

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Heritage Fleurieu Coast 2024

The Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival is a biennial Festival showcasing the rich and diverse heritage of the Fleurieu Coast.  Initiated by the Yankalilla District Historical Society the first festival was held in 2018 with the aim to promote and share our indigenous, environmental, built and community heritage.

Upcoming events

A Few of my Favourite Things
Speaker: Museum members

Friday 6 October 2023

10:00am (YDHS Friday talks)

Venue: Yankalilla District Historical Museum

Bookings not required

Five members of the Museum will present the history of ‘their favourite things’, including the history and establishment of the Museum, the wheat era, St Thomas Church, the dairy industry and the transport sector.


There is no charge for this event, but a donation would be appreciated.

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Yankalilla Museum

Papua New Guinea in the 1960s
Speaker: Nigel Pile

Monday 9 October 2023

7:00pm (General YDHS meeting)

Venue: Yankalilla Library Meeting Room 

Bookings not required

Nigel Pile was a Patrol Officer for six years in the Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. Patrol Officers carried out important administrative duties in pre-independence Papua New Guinea, prior to it achieving self-government in 1973. They represented the Australian government and had wide-ranging authority in all parts of the country, including very remote areas. Papua New Guinea became independent in September 1975. 

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Early PNG Courthouse

The Mitchell Cottage
Speaker: Rob Kirk

Friday 10 November 2023

10:00am (YDHS Friday talks)

Venue: Yankalilla Library Meeting Room 

Bookings not required

The ruin of The Mitchell Cottage is at Bald Hills Farm in Torrensvale. George and Sarah Mitchell lived here in 1877 but the 4-room cottage was built earlier by Samuel Letheby -possibly in the 1850’s. The main fireplace still exists, as does an underground brick water tank. Finds from the garden will be shown, along with a little local information on tracks and a cemetery.


Fireplace at Mitchell Cottage

Past Events

Rough substance resting in the fork of a tree

General meeting September 2023

Tim Bickmore—An Ecological Niche in Banksia Park

People watching a presentation with slideshow

YDHS Friday Talk September 2023

Bruce Munday—Dry Stone Walls

Historic house with grounds

A History Month SA event

Bungala House Booklet Launch and Tour

People using computers and scanners

A History Month SA event

Scanfests - Myponga and Inman Valley

A Festival Fleurieu event April 2023

Time Travel Torrens Vale

General meeting April 2023

Allan Barnes—Who Owns our Roads?

YDHS Friday Talk March 2023

Jane Olsson—Digging for Treasure: the rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Speaker and audience in Church Hall

General meeting and AGM

Brenton Lush—The Lushes of Inman Valley

General meeting February 2023

Don Clarke—This is my life

Members' Tour and Social Activity November 2022

Historic Hillsley Station

General meeting November 2022

Mince Pies and Christmas Cake

YDHS Friday Talk November 2022

Dr Tony Stimson—South Australians and the Anglo-Boer War

General meeting October 2022

Helen Scholfield—A “scrap” history of patchwork and quilting

General meeting September 2022

Emanda Fretwell—Showing Off. 140 years of the Yankalilla Show

YDHS Friday Talk September 2022

Peter Lucas—The History of Light Railway in South Australia

YDHS Friday Talk July 2022

Rob Kirk—Dr John Woodforde and six parrot puddings

General meeting April 2022

Paul Jelfs—Yankalilla Regional News

Members presentation and walk April 2022

Ron Blum—Radar Station

General meeting and AGM March 2022

Ron Blum—One shilling postcard gambling scam

General meeting February 2022

Bob Fairchild—Parawa

People talking and viewing displays in a hall

YDHS Friday Talk November 2021

Anthony Laube—Hindmarsh Tiers/ Valley book launch

General meeting November 2021

Des Gubbin—Bungala River

General meeting October 2021

Chris Heartfield—The Beauty of Bonsai

Person  at Yankalilla River with several onlookers. Stream in foreground and large gumtree behind.

Members presentation and walk September 2021

Great Gorge Walk—Rob Malone and Rob Kirk

YDHS Friday Talk September 2021

Ruth Gates—Jemima Magor: from emigrant to pauper’s grave

General meeting September 2021

Emanda Fretwell—Family connections and Main Street Yankalilla

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