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Wednesday 10 August

Clipper Ship City of Adelaide(Events)

Presented by Tom Chapman

When: 1pm to 2pm

Where: 201 Unley Road

Duke_of_York.jpgJourney to South Australia Exhibition

by John Ford OAM F.A.S.M.A

SALA August 2022

This special collection by renowned maritime artist, John Ford OAM F.A.S.M.A features ships important to the early colonialisation of South Australia and will be exhibited as part of the South Australian Living Artists Festival for August 2022.

The exhibition will be punctuated by a series of talks throughout the month of August to compliment these works by John Ford depicting several of the ships that played a significant role in the travel of early migrant settlers to South Australia. 

Exhibition Open Hours

Tuesday 10:00am to 9:00pm

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm

Every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 1:00pm to 4:30pm 

Public Program

Registrations Essential

Wednesday 10th 1pm, Clipper Ship City of Adelaide presented by Tom Chapman

Sunday 14th 2pm, Artist’s Talk from John Ford

Sunday 21st 2pm, Nineteenth century emigration from Scotland to South Australia presented by Graham Jaunay

Sunday 28th 2pm, German Migration presented by Ben Hollister

 Please see below for more information on each of our events and speakers.


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Public Program of Events

Registrations Essential



Tom Chapman portrait reducedWednesday 10th 1pm, Clipper Ship City of Adelaide presented by Tom Chapman

To be held in the library, 201 Unley Road, Unley and online via Zoom

Register here to attend in the library. (Places strictly limited)
Register here to view online via Zoom.

Built in Sunderland UK in 1864, the City of Adelaide was named after the city to which it carried migrants for 23 years.  It is a composite vessel, with iron frames and a wooden hull.  The City of Adelaide sailed to Adelaide for 23 years, spent 6 years in North America timber trade, after brief time as collier in Ireland, and in 1893 it stopped sailing and became an isolation hospital in Southampton. In 1923 the Royal Navy took it over, renamed it HMS Carrick and moved the ship to Scotland as a cadet gunnery training vessel.

In 1947 Carrick became Royal Navy Reserves club rooms on the Clyde River, Glasgow. After sinking in 1991, it was raised and moved to Irvine, onto private land. In 2000 the vessel faced being broken up, and an Adelaide volunteer campaign to save ship started.  Following lengthy negotiations, fundraising and a massive engineering project, the Adelaide volunteer team succeeded in lifting the ship in its specially designed cradle and transporting it to Port Adelaide, arriving in February 2014. On the way HRH The Duke of Edinburgh renamed the ship back to its original name, City of Adelaide.  The ship now sits on its temporary home, the massive barge Bradley in Dock 2, Port Adelaide. It will be moved onto land in future to form the centre-piece of a Seaport Village.

Tom Chapman AM has, after his career of real estate development and contributions to many and varied community and national charities and service organisations, total dedication as a Director of the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide restoration. The recovery of the wreck of the ship from a derelict slipway in Irvine, Scotland was an unbelievably exciting event. The River Thames provided an amazing mooring for the ship on the barge for His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh to rename the ship “The City of Adelaide” with a great deal of pomp at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich.

Sunday 14th 2pm, Artist’s Talk from John Ford

To be held in the library, 201 Unley Road, Unley

portrait_John_Ford.jpgJohn Ford OAM, is a renowned marine artist whose artwork displays the subtle hues and intricate detail of the watercolour style. While his works are substantially based on maritime themes, his portfolio also includes historical buildings, steam locomotives, military subjects and animals.

John arrived in Australia from the UK after serving 18 years in the Royal Air Force. He served in two areas of conflict, the Middle East and Northern Ireland. His first seven years in Australia he has been employed in various industries from working in a tool room, car air conditioning and even juke boxes and pinball machines to name a few. In 1982 he joined the inaugural committee to build South Australia’s sail training ship, One and All. He is still a member of the Board.

With numerous exhibitions and art awards to his credit, John is one of South Australia’s leading artists. John’s work has been commissioned for many Australian and international, private and corporate collections. These include Make a Wish Foundation, S.A. Maritime Museum, Royal Australian Navy, Australia Post, Encounter 2002 Official Event and the ABC series “The Navigators”, SA Aviation Museum and the National Cancer Council Research Foundation. His works have been used in numerous family history books.


Sunday 21st 2pm, Nineteenth century emigration from Scotland to South Australia presented by Graham Jaunay

To be held in the library, 201 Unley Road, Unley

Why Scottish settlers came to South Australia in the nineteen century is a complex question. Factors in Scotland and South Australia coupled with a desire for a new life provide most of the answers to this question and will be covered in the paper, Nineteenth century emigration from Scotland to South Australia by retired genealogist and educator, Graham Jaunay.

Graham_Jaunay_portrait.pngGraham Jaunay (BA DipT FSAGHS) was born in Ashford SA in 1944 and educated at Glenelg Primary, Brighton High, Wattle Park Teachers College and Adelaide University where he majored in history and politics.  From 1966 to mid-1994, he saw service as a teacher and principal in a number of country postings before returning to Adelaide in 1982. He was accredited as a professional genealogist and record agent in 1994.

Graham served the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society as president, a councillor and a member of several committees since 1994 and in 2005 was elevated to a Fellow of the Society. He served two terms as President of the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies and was the editor of their newsletter, Newsflash, for a number of years. He is the patron of the Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group and had the privilege of being their very first guest speaker.

Graham presented seminars and tutorials on a wide range of family and local history topics on behalf of many organisations, libraries and groups across Australia. From 2004 to 2012 he was adjunct lecturer in genealogy for the History Department of the Flinders University where he presented post-graduate courses in genealogy. He was a WEA tutor in family history and heritage walks from 1995 to 2020.

In 2015 he was recognised by the Governor for his work in the field of family and local history with a South Australian Life-long History Achievement Award sponsored by the History Council of SA. In March 2018 Graham was awarded the Australiasian Federation of Family History Societies Award for Meritorious Service to Family History at the triennial Congress in Sydney.

Graham has written a number of books on the methodology of researching family history in Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and France as well as more specialised research topics. He has also authored or edited a number of books on individual family histories.


Sunday 28th 2pm, German Migration presented by Ben Hollister

To be held in the library, 201 Unley Road, Unley

Ben_Hollister_400.jpgGermans formed the largest non-British Isles migrant group in South Australia. Explore the early groups and individuals who made the colony their home.

Ben Hollister has been a professional genealogist since 2007, and a historical researcher since 1997. He owns and operates a historical research business focussing on German-Australian research, runs historical tours, and offers a variety of support services to researchers, including mentoring and reviews, as well as undertaking his own research.

Over the past 20 years, Ben has also held executive management positions, in the areas of health, emergency management, education, finance, information technology and marketing, and board positions, in the areas of education, sport, history and cultural communities, with not-for-profit companies and organisations in Australia. As well as his historical research work, Ben consults with not-for-profits and membership organisations to ensure they have strong governance structures in place and are using funds effectively. He also founded and served as Executive Officer of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance, a network of societies, archives and researchers.

Ben is a Fellow of the Institute of Leaders and Managers, a Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia, and a Certified Professional with the Australian Library and Information Association. He holds tertiary qualifications in information management, educational management, and applied history, and vocational qualifications in business management and event management and design.