Historian of the year Peter Donovan to speak at Kapunda

Peter Donovan receiving his 2015 Historian of the Year award from the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO.
Peter Donovan receiving his 2015 Historian of the Year award from the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO.

Recetnyl awarded 2015 South Australian historian of the year Peter Donovan will be staging an interesting visual presentation in Kapunda on Saturday, August 22 about Kapunda’s Gallipoli associations.

"I will be specifically talking about the Kapunda men who served on Gallipoli with particular attention to those who died there, with references to their gravesites and inscriptions at three different cemeteries," Peter said.

"Some men from Kapunda died and were buried at Gallipoli, some were not found, at least one was buried at sea, and others who survived Gallipoli went on to then perish in France.

"It is important to understand how much the terrain impacted on the Australians at Gallipoli," he said.

In addition to Peter’s presentation on the day, part of the event will hold a ‘Show and Tell’ where the public can bring family war photos and memorabilia to discuss with Peter. This is a rare opportunity to share your own stories with Peter and others.

Peter Donovan identifies closely with Kapunda. His paternal grandmother Mary O’Halloran migrated from Ireland to South Australia in 1884 and with her husband James Donovan, moved to Kapunda in 1899. James became licensee of the Prince of Wales Hotel and later the Lord Palmerston Hotel. Peter’s father, Frank, was born in Kapunda, married Lucy Hitch, matron of the Kapunda Hospital and later became licensee of the North Kapunda Hotel. Peter was born in 1945 and was educated at the Dominican convent school. 

After graduating from the University of New England Peter undertook post-graduate studies at Flinders University before establishing a history consulting business in 1980. 

His business has consulted to clients throughout Australia and has been responsible for 60 books, including ‘Storm: an Australian country town and World War I (about Kapunda's war time efforts). 

He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of New England in October 2014 and South Australian Historian of the Year in 2015.

The event starts at 1.30pm and runs until 4pm. It will be held at the Light Community Church Hall, 75 Main Street, Kapunda. Cost is $10 per person, including afternoon tea and all profits from the event will go to the Kapunda RSL. Tickets can be purchased at the Kapunda Visitor Information Centre, Main Street, Kapunda.

All bookings for the event can be made at the Kapunda Visitors' Centre Tel. 8566 2902

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