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Hahndorf’s history as you’ve never seen it before

View the personal archives of local historian, Reg Butler

Step into the rich tapestry of Hahndorf's history with the personal archives of the legendary Reg Butler O.A.M, a celebrated South Australian historian whose legacy we are now proud guardians of.

A local luminary, Reg's passion for the intricate stories of our town's past shines through his extensive collection of books, maps, diaries, and more, which are now housed on our family farm here in Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. 

Discover the vibrant narrative of Hahndorf's Lutheran heritage and early settlers, curated by Reg's meticulous research, which spanned decades.

From the first wave of immigration to the ever-changing fabric of community life, immerse yourself in the legacy of this remarkable historian. These archives offer a window into the rich heritage of not only our town but also the broader landscape of South Australia.

View by appointment

You're warmly welcomed to uncover these treasures firsthand.

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