For over thirty years Gumeracha and District History Centre volunteers have been collecting and filing information about the people and places of the Torrens Valley. Some of the material is unique to the Centre and unavailable from any other source. There are Council records from Talunga, Highercombe and Para Wirra dating back to early settlement and church records, including births, marriages and deaths.
Other material of interest to the â€œFamily Historianâ€ or â€œDistrict researcherâ€ includes many biographies, school admissions, Gumeracha and Birdwood Police Journals, various minute books of clubs and associations, Lodge records and detailed histories of all the towns of the district. The large filing system contains many maps and plans of the area, newspaper articles, war records and thousands of photographs of residents and developments past and present, dating back to 1860.
Many family history books, published and unpublished are in the centreâ€™s library, and there is now a good collection of data CDâ€™s (B.M.D. South Australia etc.)
Local sport is also well catered for with a good collection of press cuttings and photographs held in the vast filing system.
The â€œTorrens Valley Historical Journalâ€ has reached Number 62. This journal contains a wealth of information dating back to first settlement.
The centre is situated in Albert Street Gumeracha adjacent to the Town Hall and is open to the public on Tuesdays, February to December 10am to 3pm and at other times by appointment.
ENQUIRES to 8389 1462, Box 12 Gumeracha, 5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Pictured from left to right: Kym Clark (back), Dean Hanna,
Kath Miles and Merv Hancock