Historycon Adelaide 2013

I received the following from Mal Wright and reproduce here for those interested – start planning your holiday in Oz folks!


The Committee of HISTORYCON ADELAIDE is pleased to invite wargames clubs or players to attend and present a public game at the Drum Roll wargames Convention to be held as part of the Old Reynella Historical Festival, March 9th to 10th 2013. The convention will take place in the Old Reynella Community Hall.

Accommodation deal is being negotiated to assist long distance visitors.

It would be appreciated if the clubs could advise well ahead if a game to be run so that it can be advertised in advance and that it can be mentioned in publicity releases. Also if it will be a game that visitors will be invited to take part in. It is possible that more than one game can be fitted in, but it would be appreciated if these were of each of a different type.

Please also note that games of a War-hammer type will be coordinated by Norm Blunden and if negotiations currently underway succeed they may have a large building of their own next to the hall.

Drum roll will be held in the OLD REYNELLA COMMUNITY HALL. Set up is available from Friday afternoon at 3pm. Tables are available at the hall. There will Be no charge for clubs to participate.

This convention is to be part of a very large Historical Festival and will be promoted by the S.A. State Government and the City of Onkaparinga Council. It can be expected that it will be attended by exceptionally large crowds as there will be considerable publicity surrounding the entire event.

Clubs are invited to take advantage of this opportunity explain the hobby to the visitors, to promote themselves and recruit membership. Handing out club information leaflets is encouraged and we are trying to provide an area where visitors can see a listing of clubs in S.A. Their location and general game interests.

A dinner will be held on Saturday night March 9th. It is expected bookings will be heavy and early reservations will be necessary. A member of our committee is coordinating sources from which uniforms and clothing of the era can be hired for those that Require Assistance.

If any people attending are also re-enactors or have uniforms for that purpose, they are invited to take part in the street parade. If so they should advise so that it can Be Passed on to Chris Thompson from Reenactors SA who is coordinator of that event.

HISTORYCON AUSTRALIA is a non profit organisation specifically set up to run an annual convention and to offer assistance if requested, to clubs that wish to run events themselves. HISTORYCON is not a wargames club itself and its constitution is only to act as a coordinating body for wargames clubs.

Old Reynalla Festival of History 2013

2013 is the year of ‘BACK TO OLD REYNELLA’. Bypassed by the South Road extension some years ago and now by the new Southern Freeway, Old Reynella has a strong place in the history of South Australia and has retained much of its old charm.

The historic wine cellar built by John Reynell in the grounds of the old Hardy’s Winery 1838-42 is the oldest in Australia. The very granddaddy of them all in the history of the Australian wine industry, which has grown to be one of the most important in the world.

Its grounds include many historic buildings and even a quaint old National Trust preserved multi story pigeon loft.

The Hardy’s buildings and many old buildings in Old Reynella, such as the St.Francis Winery, were worked on by a stone mason who had fought at the battle of Waterloo. Many of his workmen had fought with the Duke of Wellington in the Spanish Peninsular against the forces of Napoleon. An ex Prussian soldier from Waterloo settled on the Panatalinga creek and his descendants still live in the area.

Old Reynella hosts a recently restored Cobb and Co changing station that serviced state coaches carrying early settlers to the areas south of Adelaide. Alexander house has been restored and there are many other old houses going back to the early days of settlement, including the old school and post office.

The old Oval is spacious and has large sloped verges for spectators and provides a large capacity to hold visitors for a special event. There is a community hall with history of its own besides more modern additions. The main street is wide and well paved. There is even a wonderful model railway club layout near the bus exchange.

But despite its old history the Old Reynella of today hosts a major bus exchange for the southern region of Adelaide, making public transport access from the centre of the city very easy. Along the length of its main street, from one type of business to another it hosts a remarkable number of large car parks capable of holding visitors coming to the area by motor vehicle.

The new Reynella boasts two supermarkets, a mall under completion, the historic Woolcocks department store, food shops, an excellent Indian Restaurant and a very popular Chinese restaurant.

Old Reynella Festival of History has much to offer and its easy to get there.

Events to be Staged

2013 is the 200th anniversary of the BATTLE OF LEIPZIG. Also known as THE BATTLE OF THE NATIONS. It took place after the disastrous retreat from Russia in 1812 and was fought by the FRENCH of Napoleon on one side against the combined armies of RUSSIA, AUSTRIA, PRUSSIA, SWEDEN and BRITAIN.

Across Australia we have many people involved in the hobby of war-games, which involves fighting battles on a tabletop scenery, using model soldiers. There are also many groups that dress up in uniforms of many era’s of history…even science fiction and hold parades etc.

Already set Activities:

Massive model Soldier re-fight of the battle of LEIPZIG 1813 (The Battle of the Nations) (Old Reynella Community Hall busy room)

Other model soldier battles as well as science fiction games. (Old Reynella Community Hall)

Warhammer model battles. (Old Reynella Community Hall)

Military History re-enactment SA parade with uniforms and historic vehicles. (Main street)

Restored Old Cobb and Co building. Blacksmith demonstration & display.

Restored Alexander house open for viewing.

Noarlunga Model Railway club premises open for public view. (Premises near the bus exchange)

Art exhibition. Local artists. Maritime and other art.

Military re-enactors conduct mock battle with old black powder muskets and cannon

Reenactors will set up a camp in area yet to be designated, but true to history.

Dress dinner in the costume of 1813 at a winery. (Adults only) We have a coordinator who will be able to advise on uniform hire. (Negotiations ongoing with the old Hardy’s cellar but we are also discussing it with St.Francis as they can fit in more people.

Local School displays showing the History of the region and its pioneers.

Period costume competition (open to shopkeepers and public)

Lions club mini fair including arts and crafts stalls.

STATIC DISPLAY of the following with possibly the Krupp firing as mentioned but it will also require a corporate sponsor. 3 x Krupp WW1 75mm guns and limber (1 fires gas/oxygen and is spectacular)1 x 25 pounder WW11 gun (black powder firing) 2 x 4 pounder guns (Napoleonic era),1 x Hotchkiss 3 pounder, German MinenwerferMG08Vickers MG.

Military vehicles from the SA Military Vehicle Museum parade down the main street with re-enactors

The Ambassadors and dignitaries would take the salute of the march past of vehicles and re-enactors.

Southern Vales Wineries display and tasting.

Possible activities. (still being negotiated)

Nine Mile Snipers club demonstrate the firing of 25pdr guns. This will require a corporate sponsor as it costs $30 per shot! Also need Government permission to fire them.

Napoleonic re-enactment group from Melbourne to attend. (part of the Council grant being applied for).

Schools will be invited to participate with dressing up and history displays.

Also contacting the RSL and the Naval Association re involvement.

More events are being added all the time.

The Ambassadors of the countries involved in the Battle of the Nations have been invited to attend the event and the costume dinner.

State and Local Government will handle most of the media promotions. The festival will take up the whole of the main street of Old Reynella and many of the buildings. Government will arrange road closure for the parade etc.

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