Macclesfield Community History

Macclesfield Community History Website

Welcome to the Macclesfield Community History website, managed by the Macclesfield History Group. We are part of the Macclesfield Community Association.

The history of the town dates back to 1840. At present we are categorising and preserving, both physically and digitally, our many collected items. We will display much of this historical collection by exhibitions and this website, but perhaps in the future we can branch out into a museum room and provide genealogy research resources.

Where are we?

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

The following forms part of the foreward to a local historian's book in Channelkirk, Scotland:

Every Border village has one or more local historians who collect the tools and tales of bygone times from their own area. Some write these down in notebooks which often get thrown away; some take their collected knowledge to the grave and only fragments are remembered for a short time. A few take the time to write them down and get them published in book form so that their knowledge and experiences can be passed on to future generations.

Betty White, with her friends, has collected historical information about Macclesfield for almost 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 local people and others interested in the town's history.

What's Happening

It may appear that not much is happening on the website recently but in the background we are busy working on:
• The Fry Family web page(s).
• A history of the Recreation Grounds.
• An attempt to document the aboriginal history of the area.
• A Gallery page to exhibit some of our historical photos, and especially local images of Macclesfield. Submit your photos of the Macclesfield area and they may be included, and perhaps edited lightly (size, brightness, remove red-eye etc.) by this web guy.
• A self-guided brochure of the Macclesfield Heritage Walk.
• Monthly historical articles for the Macclesfield Newsletter.
• An update of our MOSAiC Database software with improved reports to be included on the website for genealogical research.


What's New on the Website

"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.

Site Map page: Easy navigation and page selection, especially for tablet devices.

Select by clicking on a coloured link.



"Channelkirk Talks, a social history of the Oxton area", by Henry Borthwick, June 2010, printed by Kelso Graphics LLP. Foreward by Walter Elliott. ISBN: 978-0-9565899-0-3




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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.

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Macclesfield Market

Every Sunday

Visit the Facebook page for more information from Kath Thurmer.

Contact Us

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