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Curators love collections and the stories they hold but less than ten percent of our collection can be displayed in the Museum at any time. Scuttlebutt goes to the ninety percent behind the scenes. Here's the latest.

The Port's Tug

Yelta is a key part of South Australia’s industrial heritage, the last working steam tug in the State. In keeping Yelta steaming the volunteer crew preserve rare trades and offer passengers a glimpse of the power behind the industrial revolution. Read more about The Port's Tug >

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Island Life-- Women of the Torpedo Station

When I first started mentioning to people the Torpedo Station on the corner of the North Arm of the Port River, I was told its existence was a myth. It does seem unlikely. However, I knew it was there because my Great grandfather, Chief Petty Officer Henry Perry, was the station caretaker. Read more about Island Life-- Women of the Torpedo Station >

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Skis, saggy swimmers and stretchy rope

This photograph, taken from the back of the cabin-cruiser Heatherbelle or its predecessor, shows that home-made water skis are okay. They were very light, not at all like the heavy ones they sold at Quins. Read more about Skis, saggy swimmers and stretchy rope >

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National Archaeology Week


Torrens Island Quarantine Station rediscovered

Torrens Island Quarantine Station has stood in splendid isolation since the 1880s … until we provided tours as part of About Time: South Australia’s History Festival. Read more about Torrens Island Quarantine Station rediscovered >

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