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Marble Hill open days


our Open Days

History Open Days | Spring Open Days 

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:

  • Sunday, 30th September and Monday, 1st October - Spring Open Days over the Long Weekend - more details to come.
  • Free entry to all - optional gold coin donation at the gates for our local fundraising organisation

Enquiries Telephone: 08 8390 1884  |  Email:

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History Open Days

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 - Time and Tide
  • 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


   time and tide
with kevin jones

Sat 28 April
2 - 5.00pm

Kevin Jones is Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum. He previously filled several curatorial roles at the Australian National Maritime Museum and was part of the team that produced the opening exhibitions. He studied Australian and Southeast Asian history at the Australian National University and museum studies at the University of Sydney.

He is a past President of the Australian Maritime Museum’s Council and has served on committees for the Australian Association for Maritime History and the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. In 2017 France’s Ministry for Culture and Communication awarded Kevin Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Time and Tide

One of the great challenges of maritime history was finding a way to determine longitude – a ship’s location east or west. From the first decades of the 17th century, Dutch seafarers unable to measure longitude sailed too far east and ran into the coast of Western Australia.

The answer lay in measuring time and the problem was eventually solved by a clock-maker, John Harrison, who invented a chronometer that could keep accurate time at sea. Maritime Museum Director Kevin Jones will trace the history of time at sea. From the first European voyages of exploration to the 19th century voyages that brought immigrants to Australia, he will discuss the surprising influences of an unfolding understanding of time.

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. 

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