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Open Days

History Open Days | Spring Open Days | Special Events

Marble Hill hosts seven official Open Days per year, which highlight the history and heritage of the Vice-Regal property and showcase the produce from the vineyards, orchards and market gardens in the surrounding Adelaide Hills.

Open Days in 2018:

  • Local Landcare Day - 8th April
  • History Open Days - 28th, 29th and 30th April
  • Spring Open Days - Long Weekend 29th, 30th September and 1st October

Enquiries Telephone: 08 8390 1884  |  Email: info@marblehill.com.au


Leap across Time at
marble hill

28, 29 & 30th April 2018

Talk, Tour & Tasting

Measuring time by the Sun, Moon and Stars has fascinated mankind since antiquity, and Time now rules our lives.  SA’s early settlers used sunrise and sunset to plan their day.  The official time was measured at noon. Chronometers and barometers made by clock-makers provided navigation and weather forecasts.

 Our guest speakers will talk about the Science of Time:

  • Saturday 28th April - Kevin Jones from the SA Maritime Museum - Chronometers and Longitude
  • Sunday 29th April - Margaret Folkard and John Ward - Sundials talk and display
  • Monday 30th April - Margaret Folkard and John Ward - The History of Clocks
  • Talk 2.00pm - 3.00pm followed by Tour, Tea and Tasting
  • Display from the collection of Sundials Australia
  • Tour to top of Marble Hill  for a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to view progress of the meticulous restoration of Marble Hill's former Governors' Summer Residence.
  • Afterwards join us for refreshments at the Edge Wall and enjoy the view.
    • Free Wine Tasting
    • Cheese Platter
    • Wine sales by the glass or bottle
    Adult                       $20.00
    Concession           $15.00
    Child Under 18    FREE

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL as spaces are limited    |   A confirmation email will be sent to all attendees   
If you are unable to book online below, please call our office on 08 8390 1884 during business hours


AGENDA for each day:

1.45pm     -   Gates open for a 2.00pm start. Please arrive on time.

2.15pm           Guest Speakers

3.00pm         Tours to Time Museum & the grounds of Marble Hill

4.00pm          Afternoon Tea & Wine Tasting (included in entry fee)
                          *  Book sales
                          *  Wine sales by the glass or bottle

5.00pm           Close

time at sea

Sat 28 April
2 - 5.00pm

Kevin Jones, Director of the Maritime Museum - Longitude & Chronometers

Kevin Jones is Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum. He has been President of the Australian Maritime Museum's Council for the past three years, is a member of the Steering Committee for the Australian Register of Historic Vessels and a member of the South Australian Heritage Council's Maritime Heritage Working Party.

Kevin previously worked at the Australian National Maritime Museum where he filled several curatorial roles including working on the opening exhibitions and managing the collecting areas of immigration, working life and commercial history. He studied Museum Studies at the University of Sydney and History at the Australian National University.

Sundials and the history of time

 Sun 29 april
mon 30 april

Margaret Folkard and John Ward are physicists from Adelaide, South Australia, who spent much of their professional careers in the research laboratories of the Australian Department of Defence.  Between them they have tackled a wide range of physics problems both theoretical and experimental in fields ranging from gas discharges, through solid state and semiconductor lasers, semiconductor crystal growth, thin film optics and multilayer thin film growth, infrared detection, visionics and various solar devices.

They share a passionate interest in gnomonics, which is the art and science of using the shadows cast by the sun to tell the time and the date.  Their first etched brass horizontal sundial was a great success and led to a continuing involvement.

Over the years they have made many types of sundials for locations in Australia and around the world.