What uniquely South Australian heritage stories, experiences and places do you think would appeal to visitors?

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Andrew C

11 Sep 2019

Certainly a need to support the First people of South Australia tell their story. As a migrant to Australia I'd love to be able to hear the local dreamtime stories and hear how Aboriginal people lived 60,000 years ago from the land and not just by reading about it at the museum. Work with the local Elders to identify how we can help preserve their history then tell their story for a modern audience.

Also we see other States cash in on their 'legends' like Ned Kelly in Victoria (with a new movie coming out soon), Ben Hall in NSW (film out a few years ago) so why not look at one of SA mysterious local legends and make a thing of it - the Birdman of the Coorong. An outlaw in a free State.

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Department for Environment and Water > Andrew C

11 Sep 2019

Hi Andrew, Thanks so much for your thoughts. Can you tell us more about this mysterious Birdman of the Coorong? - Linda

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Chris Blaikie

10 Sep 2019

Indigenous Heritage and indigenous peoples occupation of land in towns and cities should be given greater prominence.
The History of Strathalbyn website for example has a fantastic photo of First Nations people's homes occupying the riverbanks beside white settlers houses. Here >> http://strathalbynsa.com.au/about/history-of-strathalbyn/
More acknowledgement and on site recognition of this sort of history of heritage information would be excellent. I lived in Strathalbyn as a kid and had never seen this photo or heard of indigenous residences within the town.
The rural town I live in now has a site known to be the last place First Nations people were allowed to camp of their own free will before being moved on to a local landholders property....to slavery ? I'm not sure but many towns have records and perhaps even images such as in the link above that provide a sadly missing context to our settler history and heritage.
I have no doubt that visitors appreciate a comprehensive heritage view of any place rather than a who's who of the wealthiest residents and colonists.

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Department for Environment and Water > Chris Blaikie

11 Sep 2019

Hi Chris, Thanks so much for sharing this information. Great photo on the Strathalbyn website - Linda

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SONIA MANGELSEN

09 Sep 2019

German heritage tours/trail should be a priority with so many South Australians being of German heritage. The first 3 boatload of Lutherans of German descent arrived in Adelaide in 1838/1839 so the celebration of the 200th anniversary for their arrival needs to be prepared for. Annecdotally lots of individual family groups are thinking about what to do and need some help preparing for such a reunion. If thought is given to this project now, a really good celebration could be had with a resource developed by Heritage SA. I for one would welcome the opportunity to discuss some ideas so far.

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Department for Environment and Water > SONIA MANGELSEN

11 Sep 2019

Thanks for your thoughts Sonia. Our German heritage has certainly given some of our towns and communities a very strong sense of identity. - Linda

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