A life-size portrait of Member for Flinders Arthur Hugh Inkster will be returned to the original Elliston Council Chambers – where it hung 110 years ago – as part of the Elliston History Group’s first exhibition.
As part of its first exhibition the group will also display digital images of Colton and Elliston from as early as 1888 and there will be display boards filled with photos as well as maps and newspaper items.
The group is running the exhibition as part of South Australia’s History Festival ‘Open Doors’ event.
Group member Debbie May said the group was keen to record the history of the district as accurately as possible.
Ms May said the group would have a scanner at hand to copy any items of interest brought in by the community.
She said the group met once a month to research, collate and display historically valuable information.
“Whilst some of the district history was captured in 1978 in Across the Bar to Waterloo Bay as part of the Centenary commemorations a lot more needs to be done to broaden our knowledge,” she said.
“We are keen to encompass the wider district and original settlements and townships including Bramfield, Colton, Port Kenny, Venus Bay, Sheringa and Talia.”
“We welcome contributions, photos, family trees and information pertaining to our region.”
The exhibition will open on April 25, during the Open Doors event on April 28 and 29 from 10am to 4pm and every Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 4pm for the month of May.