Macclesfield Community History

Macclesfield Community History Website

Where are we?

Macclesfield is a small town situated in the Adelaide Hills about 50km southeast of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.

Macclesfield is part of Aboriginal ancestral lands and we acknowledge and respect the region's traditional custodians, now generally accepted as being called the Peramangk. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to the land.


Welcome to our website, managed by the Macclesfield History Group. We are part of the Macclesfield Community Association. The history of the town dates back to 1840.

Betty White, with her friends, has collected historical information about Macclesfield for sixty years. In addition to being closely involved with the publishing of two Macclesfield books, with others she has researched and presented historical articles for many of the 900+ issues of the Macclesfield Newsletter.

We hope to make these, and much of the rest of the collection, available to those interested in the town and region's history.


What's New on the Website

Hats

MUSEUM of HATS: An exhibition not to miss! On display at the Anglican Church Hall in Venables St. Macclesfield, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th, Nov 2018, 10am - 4pm. FREE ENTRY. See an amazing collection of hats: School hats, baby bonnets, caps, akubras, top hats and indeed hats of all sorts! Each with a brief history - who wore it, when and where.

The 91st Macclesfield Strawberry Fete will be held on Sunday November 25th on Davenport Square, Macclesfield, from 9:30am.

Started an Obituaries page, the first being Joyce Valerie DAVIS (nee PASSFIELD), 1931-2005.

The Passfield Family, and the story of Bert Passfield's Ute. Updated with other snippets from our archives on 12 Sep 2018.

Our walking map around Macclesfield, starting at St James the Less Church can be downloaded and viewed here.

Further details have been added to the FREEMAN FAMILY HISTORY, thanks to Kerry Anne CORY, and Kevin and Heather WOOD.

Above added recently.

"The Trials of Billy Freeman", by former ABC journalist Alan ATKINSON

Report completed for 'Bustles & Bows' from Saturday 26th May 2018.

Further details added to the FREEMAN FAMILY HISTORY, thanks to Cheryl AMBROSE from NSW and Barry FREEMAN from Canberra; both descendants of William & Sarah FREEMAN.

Reports added for:Venables Street Historical Walk' led by Jan Lewis, the ‘Banjo Paterson's Birthday’ event, and 'Pink Stumps Day', all on Saturday 17th Feb 2018. See our Events page.

Dancker family history and residence (immediately south of the Institute Hall)

Added: 2017 Report to the Macclesfield Community Association AGM, held 13 Aug 2017.

Hall of Fame - Macclesfield Football Club, held 13 Aug 2017. Twelve past players and administrators were added to the inaugural Maccy Football Club Hall of Fame.

BOOKLET: St James the Less Roman Catholic Church 150th Anniversary

2017 Strawberry Fete 26 November on Davenport Square + REPORT
+ our exhibition GOOD & USEFUL WORK: A Century of Red Cross in SA.
Anglican Church Hall in Venables Street Fri 24, Sat 25, Mon 27 from 1 - 4 pm
Sunday (Strawberry Fete day) from 10 - 4pm

Genealogy from the early Macclesfield area UPDATED June 28th 2017. We are a long way from getting our database online and searchable, but in the meantime the raw data has been placed on this page. A process for finding your surnames or other keywords has been given at the top of the page. You can also use the "Search Website" button at the top right of each page. We hope it is useful.

LAUNCH of our own Lesley Schack's "At Work - Macclesfield Cheese Factory, 1937-1975" . Based on the 2013 oral history project of the factory, the book will be launched at the Macclesfield Institute Hall on Saturday 27th May, 2017, from 2-5 pm. For more information go to our Events page.

History Mysteries: Perhaps you can solve a History Mystery involving our Macclesfield past? The next concerns the Macclesfield Hotel. When and why was the chimney removed?

National Library Pandora Archive: Our website has been selected for preservation on the Australian National Library Web Archive, Pandora. This means a copy of the entire website will be archived approximately yearly on a national database, for posterity. See here.

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2018 Strawberry Fete

Sunday 25th November. Click here for a history of the fete.

Strawberry Fete card

In conjunction with our exhibition:

MUSEUM of HATS:
See an amazing collection of hats.
An exhibition not to miss!
On display at the Anglican Church Hall.

Visit our online store

Visit the new Macclesfield Community History online store and share our passion for local history. Now available:

- "At Work, The Macclesfield Cheese Factory 1937-1975 (New Release)" and
- "Macclesfield - Reflections along the Angas" edited by Jim Faull.

Shop now

Macclesfield Market

Every Sunday

Visit the Facebook page for more information from Kath Thurmer.

Contact Us

Any information or feedback?
Or would you like to join our history group? Email us at:

macclesfieldhistory@gmail.com

OR

using our easy online form.