I am Director of the South Australia Office of the National Archives and live in Adelaide with my wife and two children.
I moved here from Sydney 8 years ago – it’s taken me a while but I now know what frog cakes, Mall’s Balls, FruChocs, fritz and stobie poles are so consider myself a local.
Culture. I am lucky enough to work in the Mortlock Chamber of the State Library in the heart of the North Terrace cultural precinct. The SA Museum, Migration Museum, Art Gallery are all a lunch-time stroll away!
SA is the Festival State and Adelaide really comes alive during Festival time in March – I love the fact that attending events in the city such as the Fringe Festival, Christmas pageant, cricket and AFL games at the Oval is so easy.
Nature. I can walk or cycle along the Torrens River from the Adelaide Oval to my home in Paradise 10 km away. And it never fails to amaze me how quickly we can leave city life behind. One of my favourite spots to go with the kids is the walk to Morialta Falls, spectacular scenery just ten minutes drive from home and guaranteed koala spotting (see photo).
Fresh produce. Adelaide’s Central Market is at the heart of the city’s food culture and is celebrating 150 years this year. With the Adelaide Hills on our doorstep, we now have a family tradition of picking apples in May and cherries at Christmas. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities to research grape types at one of the wineries.
Further afield. The rest of the country doesn’t always appreciate that there is more to South Australia than Adelaide. The Coorong, Limestone Coast and Yorke Peninsula have plenty to explore but my favourite region is the Flinders Ranges. My wife has family links with the area and we have enjoyed several trips enjoying the ancient landscape, Aboriginal cultural history and abundant wildlife the region has to offer.
By Nick Gleghorn, Conference Organising Committee Member, Director of the South Australia Office of the National Archives
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