Barossa History Fair returns in May

A scene from the inaugural Barossa History Fair in May 2018 on the grounds of Coulthard House, Nuriootpa. Photo: Chris Murphy
A scene from the inaugural Barossa History Fair in May 2018 on the grounds of Coulthard House, Nuriootpa. Photo: Chris Murphy

Coulthard House – with all its historic grandeur – will once again provide the perfect setting for the Barossa History Fair held for one afternoon in May.

Already the small committee of three, including Chris Murphy, call on the community to either promote the region’s rich heritage or come along to learn more.

“How it came about – it was just an idea to promote Coulthard House in the community because of its historical significance,” Mr Murphy said.

The state-listed property on Murray Street was built in 1854 and is the legacy of William Coulthard, who donated significant land holdings and money to provide facilities for Nuriootpa, which are still used today.

“Last year was the first time we ran (the fair) and we had about 200 people show up,” Mr Murphy explained.

“50 per cent as locals and 50 per cent were visitors.”

Due to public interest, the history fair is planned to be an annual event on the Barossa calendar and to be run the first Saturday in May, which means this year’s event will be held on May 4, midday to 4pm.

It’s a chance for history groups and individuals from the region to converge on the one spot to show and tell Barossa’s history in a fun and engaging way.

This means historians, history lovers and groups, such as Luhrs Cottage, Barossa Goldfields Historical Society and the Angaston and Penrice Historical Society, are provided a platform to share valuable information to others.

It is also open to what Mr Murphy describes as ‘local heroes’ including Barossa boy Eddy Schutz, who in 2018 dressed the part and put together a display of historical items for the community to reflect on.

Mr Murphy encourages the public to visit the Barossa History Fair Facebook page to be updated with details and fun historical facts.

If you would like to host a stall in the Barossa History Fair or become a sponsor of the event, then please contact him via email on historyfair@go2wo.com or 0413 113 089.

Alternatively, a preliminary meeting for those keen to participate will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 1pm and again at 6pm.

Barossa History Fair is run in conjunction with Nuriootpa Futures Association (NFA).