Port Adelaide Historical Society works to preserve and protect the history of the Port Adelaide region, support our work by purchasing a Individual Membership.
Port Adelaide Historical Society members receive the Portonian, a quarterly magazine packed full of interesting stories of yesteryear, have access to all the information stored in at the society’s Semaphore rooms, and our Museum at 95 Fletcher Road Peterhead. Members also enjoy member activities including our Monthly meetings and 10% discount on our online books.
Memberships for the Port Adelaide Historical Society are from 1st July until 30th June, and need to be renewed each year. New Memberships in the second half of the financial year ( January to June) will receive membership for the following year.
The value of History
History shapes our identities, engages us as citizens, creates inclusive communities, is part of our economic well-being, teaches us to think critically and creatively, inspires leaders and is the foundation of our future generations.
- Identity: History nurtures identity in a world characterised by difference and change. History enables people to discover their own place in stories of families, communities, First Peoples and nations – individuals and groups who have shaped the world in which they live.
- Engaged citizens: History helps people craft solutions that meet community needs. At the heart of democracy are individual citizens who come together to
express views and take action.
- Strong communities: History lays the ground work for strong, diverse and inclusive communities that are vital places to live and work.
- Economic development: History is a catalyst for economic growth. People are drawn to communities with a strong sense of historical identity, material heritage and character.
- Critical skills: History teaches independent thinking and vital skills for the twenty-first century. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective, encouraging meaningful engagement with concepts like causation and continuity, change and causation, and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas clearly and coherently.
- Leadership: History inspires leaders. It provides them with role models to meet complex challenges. Personal stories of leadership reveal how women and men met the challenges of their day and can give new leaders the courage and wisdom to confront the challenges of our time.
- Legacy: History is the foundation for future generations. It is crucial to our future because it explains our shared past. When we preserve authentic, meaningful and significant stories, places, documents, images and artefacts, we leave a foundation upon which future Australians can build.