Kersbrook Community Hall History Display
Intriguing finds in a suitcase at Kersbrook Community Hall
Kersbrook Community Hall's History Hub has uncovered rare images of life in the old Adelaide Hills town, to display publicly at the Kersbrook Community Hall for South Australia's History Festival 2023.
History Hub members hope visitors to the exhibition on May 6 and 7 between 10 am and 3 pm, will help identify unnamed people and places captured in the images taken early last century.
These were found in old albums and in a suitcase belonging to descendants of early settlers, who generously let them be copied for public scrutiny and further investigation.
The exhibition will feature Kersbrook’s historical infrastructure. Some artefacts highlight Kersbrook’s former shops, airstrip, Post Office, inn, smithy, churches, school, cemetery, orchards, dairies, stone barns, cottages and the house and grave of town founder John Bowden.
An existing permanent historical furniture display on the Kersbrook Community Hall stage will be supplemented by information about the origins of the Hall itself. The Hall was built by volunteers in 1915 and continues to be used as originally intended - for community and family special events, music sessions, school plays/story readings, educational activities and physical pursuits such as yoga.
A tea room (GG’s Place) established last year by descendants of one of Kersbrook’s early settlers in the rear of the hall showcases local artistic talent and provides a cheerful place for local residents to gather and enjoy home-cooked food.
Kersbrook Hall Committee President Ms Joan Playford OAM said the Kersbrook History Hub’s exhibition is a free event but a gold coin donation for hall maintenance would be greatly appreciated.
Kersbrook Community Hall
13/15 Scott St, Kersbrook SA 5231