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Board Election Nominations and Update

The Returning Officer Sonya Burnett has announced that only three nominations were received for the three vacancies, so the following have been elected unopposed to the Board as from the 25 September 2020, for a period of 4 years.

Frank Hussey Peter McCabe Bob Sampson

We thank enormously the retirement of both John Evans OAM (who has due to health issues decided not to continue as a Board Member) and to David Williams as one of the SA Government appointed representatives on the NRM Board – a role he has filled for many years.  We expect an announcement from the Government on the replacement of David Williams.





Adelaide Steampunk Festival – 2020

2020 Adelaide Steampunk Festival National Railway Museum Port Adelaide 10am to 4.30pm Saturday & Sunday 12/13 September 2020


Steampunk – what is it?

It’s a wonderful mixture of a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and features steam powered machinery instead of modern technology. It highlights a style of radical fashion and design that combines historical elements with various features inspired by science fiction.

Theme for 2020 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

The 2020 Adelaide Steampunk Festival theme is to celebrate 100 years of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, when he first visited Adelaide. Theming at the festival will have elements of Sherlock Holmes and the Cottingley Fairies. In 1920, the Adelaide Town Hall was visited by Holmes's literary creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He delivered his first lecture on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, which overall would take him five months to complete.

There will be the usual array of various stalls displaying and selling Steampunk oddities, supported by those wonderful and inspiring costumes. No need at all to dress up – come along and admire the wide variety of fashions.

We'll also have an 'old style' working forge, creating great tools of trade and artifacts right in front of your eyes - you can even buy one!

The 101 year old full size Scottish built steam locomotive Peronne will be providing historically rich rides in a 126 year old wonderfully restored carriage!

Admission INCLUDES rides on our heritage steam train!

Steampunk Facebook site:

Admission fees

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - $45

Adult - $20

Conc - $15

Child (5-15yrs) - $7.50

Children under 5 - free

You can pre-book tickets on-line via the NRM Website, just got to the 'Book Online' button at the top right of the screen. Or, book tickets via our Facebook page:






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76 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide
South Australia  5015
Open Daily / 10am – 4:30pm





5-15 yrs & with an adult


2 adults & up to 3 children


  • Prices may vary for special events
  • Open from 12pm on ANZAC Day
  • Closed Christmas Day

The National Railway Museum acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.

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