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School hike for history


A Catholic college is opening its gates for a community history lesson as part of the South Australian History Festival being celebrated this month.

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Mercedes College is hosting a ‘Hike for History’ event where 50 guests will be able to walk a comfortable 2.5km around the college grounds and visit nearby significant landmarks.

To be held on Thursday May 26, the event will see history buffs walking in the footsteps of some of the college’s successful alumni including Olympic bronze medallist canoeist Hannah Davis, guitarist Orianthi, Hollywood actress Teresa Palmer and South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskus.

Hike for History is open to anyone curious about the school’s history and its surrounds, whether or not they have a connection to the college.

Principal Andrew Balkwill said the event will reveal insights about the college’s past as well as future aspirations.

“At Mercedes College, our students and staff are surrounded by history every day, and now we can share that with our wider community and let them see behind the hedge,” he said.

“I’m so pleased we can throw open our gates and share some of our college’s interesting story and that of our surrounding landmarks here at Springfield.

“Mercedes College was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1954, yet the history of our buildings and surrounding landmarks is much older.

“On this guided tour, participants will get to see the college’s historic Strathspey House, built in 1899, hear about boarder antics from the 1950-60s, walk to one of Australia’s only period homes with original surviving contents in Carrick Hill, and visit the surrounds of prominent Adelaide mansion Springfield House.”

Numbers for the walk are limited. Tickets are $25 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased at


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