Annual Regional Lecture

Annual Regional  Lecture 2023


Each year, the History Council of South Australia presents an Annual Regional Lecture in association with individuals or regional history groups to expand and promote historical books, collections, places, and stories.

On 16 November, Dr Skye Krichauff gave the HCSA’s lecture at the Whyalla Library to a keen and interested crowd.

The audience heard her speak on the topic of 'Uncovering and Understanding the South Australian Frontier and its Legacies'. In her lecture, Skye unveiled her ongoing research into colonial era violence in South Australia and displayed the myriad features of the multi-media mapping and source collection tools she is preparing with a team of researchers from Adelaide University.

The event also included a very well received presentation by Dr David Sweet and Dr Christeen Schoepf from the Oral History Association of SA & NT which offered an overview of oral history skills and practices for practitioners, as well as a generous lunch provided by the Whyalla hosts.

The HCSA would like to thank everyone who made the event such a success. In particular, Paul Mazourek, the Whyalla Library and the Whyalla City Council for their generous hospitality, as well as our wonderful presenter Dr Skye Krichauff, and all of those who attended.


Paul Mazourek (Whyalla City Council), Matt Fitzpatrick (HCSA President),
Skye Krichauff and David Sweet (HCSA Vice-President) at the Whyalla Library


About this event

Presenter: Dr Skye Krichauff

Uncovering and Understanding the South Australian Frontier and its Legacies

The research project, 'The South Australian Frontier and its Legacies', maps the nature and extent of conflict between Aboriginal people and colonists in South Australia, from the arrival of sealers and whalers (in the early 1800s) until Federation (1901). The project is based at the University of Adelaide and emerged out of the call from the Uluru Statement from the Heart to engage in 'truth-telling about our history'. Research for the project has involved an extensive examination of archival sources and the collection of oral histories from Aboriginal people and settler descendants.

Skye demonstrated the website and interactive digital 'Story map' developed by the project team by focussing on the Eyre Peninsula and why violence in this district was exceptionally long lasting and extensive.


W.A. Cawthorne, 1844, A Fight at the Murray. State Library of NSW


About Dr Skye Krichauff

Skye is an ethno-historian who combines the methodologies of history, anthropology and oral history. She is interested in colonial cross-cultural relations, the relationship between history and memory, and how societies live with historical injustices (in particular how Australians live with the enduring legacies of colonialism). Skye is currently employed on the research project 'The South Australian Frontier and its Legacies' which is based at the University of Adelaide.








Read about 2022's lecture here.

Read about 2021's lecture here.

A recording of 2020's lecture can be accessed here.