CRHG Exhibitions in the Pop Up Gallery Clare Town Hall

Dr John Bain, 1838-1903
Dr Bain settled in Clare in 1865, and was a generous philanthropist. He donated to the construction of the Clare Town Hall, to the provision of recreational facilities, including a roller skating rink, indoor baths for swimming, and to the construction of a butter factory to encourage industry

National Trust of Clare 
Open during July 2018
Clare Historic Walk: updated brochure 

The Clare Regional History Group has updated the Clare Historic Walk brochure (formerly prepared by the Lions Club). Copies are available at the CRHG at the Clare Town Hall during opening hours and the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre. 
Advance Notice
Clare Town Hall Committee Afternoon Soiree Sunday 11 November 2018 2.00 pm SA Police Dixie Band Luscious afternoon tea and drinks $25 p.p. bookings open September


Congratulations to Helen Perry for her nomination for Regional Historian. Helen has been a dedicated member of the CRHG since its inauguration in 1984, when she was the foundation president. She has served as treasurer and curator for more than 30 years. Helen has shown great leadership and worked co-operatively with the community. She has been instrumental in obtaining numerous grants from State, Federal and local government agencies to improve resources of the CRHG. 
At a time when many communities in South Australia were putting effort into developing local museums, Helen’s mission has been to develop a research library, like the South Australian Genealogy and Herald Society, and County Record Offices in the United Kingdom. The CRHG is a significant regional resource housing written and photographic material and digitised records. 

School Admissions Registers

In the recent edition of The South Australian Genealogist (Vol 45 No 2, p.18-24) the value of school admission registers was discussed. They can include given and family names, birth dates, religion, parents’ or guardians’ names and occupations, addresses, previous schools, dates of enrolling and leaving, future schools and other remarks. 
The CRHG holds copies of School Admission Registers for the following schools

Armagh Farrell Flat Sevenhill Primary
Barunga Gum Creek St Josephs
Blyth Hanson Stanley Flat
Bo Peep Harmerville Waterloo Primary
Clare High Hill River Primary
Clare Primary Mintaro

From the Archives

Illness, Death and Burial in 1918: Alice Lewcock

One hundred years ago, the most common cause of death amongst young people was infectious diseases. The following extract from the Northern Argus, 23 August 1918 demonstrates how this impacted on the local community of Clare. The article reports on the death, and the determined effort of a family to arrange the return of the body and burial of Alice Lewcock who died of consumption (tuberculosis) at Beltana, aged 15. 


Our online entries have been completed and we are pleased to announce that we have six events planned, plus our regular opening hours:

Mon 2nd – Fri 27th May "What’s in your drawers – fabulous records from private places" a photographic display of items found in family records. Clare Town Hall foyer 9-5 daily (not weekends). During the Rotary Art Show this display will be moved to an adjacent room if necessary.

Wed 25th May 6.30/7.00pm History Dinner and Guest Speaker Historian Peter Brinkworth will speak on his book about Ernst Siekmann, early settler of Saddleworth and later Caltowie. Two course meal. $30. Bentley Hotel.

Thurs 26th May 4/4.30pm Launch of Ass. Professor Jack Cross’ new title – Two Crosses – Ephraim & Jack. Also the gifting of The Cross Collection - a selection of SA regional histories given by Jack Cross. Barbara J Long Function Room & History Collection, Clare Town Hall.

Fri 27th May 10am – 3pm Old and new history book sale – Clare Town Hall foyer. Please check your shelves and donate towards this fundraiser, when we sell on books of which we have duplicates. Our own publications will also be on sale.

Sun 29th May 5pm Unveiling of stone entrance wall and interpretive sign at Melrose Park. Train rides and refreshments. The existing plaque will be incorporated into the wall and an interpretive sign about AJ Melrose and the park erected nearby.

This is the existing plaque at Melrose Park [CRHG]

Past Events

Burke & Wills & Re-enactment

The Clare Regional History Group celebrated its 28th birthday on Thursday 5th April 2012
downstairs at the Clare Town Hall with members...
Bill, Gerald, Helen, Jill, Norma, Margaret, Val & Win.
(Absent - David, Paul & Sue)

An Evening with The Clare Regional History Group
Celebrating their 21st birthday at Norfolk House 9th April 2005

"Champions of Clare" Dinner & Play 20th May 2006


The Clare Regional History Group celebrated its 20th birthday on Saturday 3rd April 2004 with a dinner at Coffee & Cork restaurant in Clare, when 31 members and past helpers attended. The history room was open to the public on Sunday 4th April.

Helen Perry & Gerald Lally have been with the Group since its formation in 1984 and were presented with Life Membership Certificates by the Group Patron, Win Johnson (centre of photo) at the dinner.