The Limestone Coast will play host to a number of activities for South Australia's History Festival

HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Naracoorte Cemetery and those buried in it next month. Photo: ELISABETH CHAMPION
HISTORY: Learn about the history of the Naracoorte Cemetery and those buried in it next month. Photo: ELISABETH CHAMPION

Take a step into Naracoorte's past with a tour of the Naracoorte Cemetery next month.

It will be held as part of South Australia's History Festival, one of the state's largest open-access community events, returns for its 17th annual festival in 2021 from Saturday 1 May to Sunday 30 May, encouraging people to explore the theme of Change.

The Festival is an initiative of the History Trust of South Australia and with over 600 registered events across South Australia, almost a third of the events are being held in regional areas, including Naracoorte, Bordertown and Penola, there is a piece of history for everyone to experience, enjoy and learn from.

Beginning in 2004 as SA History Week, the festival has grown each year and is now a dedicated month-long celebration of the events and people that have shaped our state into what it is today.

On Sunday, May 6, take a guided tour of the Naracoorte Cemetery, including the original section which was opened in 1864 and discover stories of early pioneers and learn about the headstones and history of the cemetery.

If you enjoy that, make sure to also head to Tombstones and Tales, a guided tour of the Penola South Cemetery and hear about the lives of Penola's pioneers on Saturday, May 15.

To learn more about some of the pioneering women of Penola, visit The Penola Women Project, by the Penola Terra Rossa Branch of the CWA, which will be open at John Riddoch Centre, 27 Arthur St, Penola every day in May 10am-4pm.

The group has put together the exhibit to portray some of the women who came to the region for love, work or grew, as part of a family, to weave a rich tapestry of individuals striving to enrich the lives of all.

To date, the exhibition encompasses eight women in each category: 'They Came for Love', 'They Came for Work' and 'Mothers and Daughters'.

The Honourable John Gardner, Minister for Education, is thrilled to see the return of South Australia's History Festival in 2021.

"History plays such an important role in our lives and the History Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for schools, families, and the community at large to explore the amazing history our state has to offer," he said.

This is achieved through a range of experiences and activities that the event promotes, from performances, exhibitions, fascinating talks, behind-the-scenes tours, screenings and more."

The History Festival program guide will be all digital this year, with a brand new website, with visitors able to search the range of events by date, genre and location.

To view the full program and all children's events please visit,


Naracoorte Cemetery Guided tour - Sun 16 May, 1.30-3.30pm. Free for Members or $2 for non-member.s Bookings through Paula Coventry on 8762 2338

Twilight Tour of Clayton Farm Heritage Museum - Friday, May 28 at 6pm. Enjoy a billy tea and damper supper and a sing-a-long around the campfire and learn about early farming techniques and see displays of early farming machinery. BYO torch. Adults $10 and child $5. To book contact Vicki Eckert on 0419 838 466 or

Tombstones and Tales - Sat 15 May, 2-4pm. $5 per person. To book, contact Christine Dohnt, on 0427 372 687 or at

The Penola Women Project- All of May 10am to 4pm. John Riddoch Centre, 27 Arthur St, Penola. Phone Gail Adams on 0412 137 366 for more information.