State Library of South Australia - Melbourne Express [B 56432]

BAG History Group / History Festival May Program

South Australia's History Festival is an annual statewide event exploring South Australia's history through hundreds of events ranging from talks to tours, walks to workshops, exhibitions to special events and just about everything in between. BAG has participated in the history festival for many years and is pleased to present our 2021 tours.

For bookings, please contact: Anne Hazell -

Travel back in time... by train

Catch the train at Blackwood Railway Station to the Eden and Belair Stations. At each stop you will learn about the development and challenges faced by the early railway network and its value to the local districts and the state. Tour ends with Devonshire Tea. Limited Numbers.


WHEN: Sunday 2 and 16 May, 9:45AM to 12:30PM

WHERE: Meet at Blackwood Railway Station, Station Road Blackwood

COST: $5 plus train ticket if applicable





Image Credit - State Library of South Australia, Painting of 'Willa Willa' a residence in Belair [B 61278]

Belair - gateway to the Adelaide Hills in early times

Belair's history and its important links to the development of South Australia will be shared and grand summer residences highlighted as we walk along Sheoak Road. Refreshments will be served at the Heritage Listed Belair station, opened in 1883, a popular train stop for picnickers visiting the National Park. Guided Walk.


WHEN: Tuesday 25 May, 1:30PM to 3:30PM

WHERE: Meet corner Sheoak Road and Francis Street, Belair

COST: $5 




Blackwood Church Crawl

The Church played an important role in the lives of the settlers in 19th century Blackwood. While the original church buildings have gone, the early 20th century replacements remain. The tour includes visits to four churches and ends with Devonshire Tea at the Church of Christ. Walking tour.


WHEN: Thursday 6 May, 1:30PM to 3:30PM

WHERE: Meet at the Catholic Church, corner of Coromandel  and Simla Parade, Blackwood.

COST: $5 



Essential. Contact: Anne Hazell -