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There are three types of YDHS events.

General meetings

Every second Monday evening in February, March, April, September, October and November. Speaker at 7:00pm for 20 - 30 minutes. Followed by meeting and supper.

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

What is Under our Feet?
Let's Go Metal Detecting
Speaker: Brun Massey

Monday 8 April 2024

7:00pm (General YDHS meeting)

Venue: Yankalilla Library Meeting Room 

Bookings not required

Brun Massey, a member of the Society, has been busy with her metal detector around the Yankalilla District these last few years. She has unearthed some fascinating items of historical interest, and will do a ‘show and tell’ of some of these from three properties in the region. Brun will talk about equipment she uses and what motivates her to keep digging! Check out Brun's YouTube channel, Brun Free.

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Heritage Fleurieu Coast
Walks, talks, displays, and
The Virtual Calico Bag

1 - 31 May 2024

History Month SA

Venues all around the district

Booking links on our HFC page

Join us for the many exciting Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival events being held during History Month in May. Starts with the official opening at Inman Valley Memorial Hall on Sunday 5 May. We are excited to introduce our Virtual Calico Bag, through which you can curate your own heritage tour of the district, with our bag of goodies available for viewing and download.

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Yankalilla and District
Historical Society 
What else is happening?

May, June and July

HFC, ongoing consultation, a Friday talk

Various venues, incl Yankalilla Library

Check individual events for booking details

General meetings are now in recess, and will resume on Monday 9 September 2024.


In the meantime, there is still lots going on:

MayHeritage Fleurieu Coast Festival

June & JulyFree history consultations continue at the Yankalilla Library

JulyFriday talk at the Library. Date and other details to follow.

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Past Events

Members’ Tour and social activity

Nigel Pile—Torrens Vale Members Tour

YDHS Friday talk March 2024

Margaret Morgan—Torrens Vale: families and farms

General meeting and AGM March 2024

Lorraine Day – Adam Lindsay Gordon: poet and horseman

Opening slide - title of talk

General meeting February 2024

Pamela Wright—Searching our region’s heritage

General meeting November 2023

Stories of past Holiday Seasons

YDHS Friday talk November 2023

Rob Kirk Mitchell Cottage– an Exploration

Heritage stone building in  natural setting

Members’ Tour and social activity

Talisker, Silverton and Fishery Beach

General meeting October 2023

Nigel Pile—Papua New Guinea in the 1960s

YDHS Friday talk October 2023

Members of the Yankalilla Museum— A Few of my Favourite Things

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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