AGM - 22 March 2023

Wednesday 22 March at 7.30pm
In the St Peters Banquet Hall
St Peters Street, St Peters

Spies, Secrets, Clandestine Operations and the St Peters Town Hall like something from a John le Carre novel!’

In late December 1962, on a scorcher of a day, an attractive woman waited outside the St Peters Town Hall, a double agent, she was part of an ASIO sting to uncover a ring of Soviet spies. But who was really watching who?

Historian Denise Schumann will tell the intriguing story of not only that day but of how one of South Australia’s most respected scientists, and a local St Peters resident, controversially claimed that the British tests at Maralinga had led to a deadly fall- out over Adelaide.

  • Why did this man’s trips to a local delicatessen lead to a series of raids by ASIO?
  • Were there really ‘Reds Under the Beds’ in St Peters?

All will be revealed in what promises to be an entertaining talk that takes back to the Cold War.

Presented by Guest Speaker Denise Schumann OAM

Historian & Cultural Heritage Consultant, Schumann & Associates, Stepney SA.

Denise has been recognised for her innovative and creative approach to the preservation and strategic development of cultural heritage and civic assets across South Australia. Recently, she completed the redevelopment of the new Charles Sturt Museum Visitor Interpretation Centre which since its opening in December, by Her Excellency the Governor of South Australia, is receiving great acclaim. For many years, she also played a key role in documenting and promoting the unique history of the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.

The talk emerged from historical research undertaken a few years ago for Sydney documentary filmmaker Peter Butt of Blackwattle Films and is a fascinating story.

Agenda for the 2023 SPRA Annual General Meeting

To be held prior to Denise Schumann’s presentation.

It will be very short!

  1. Report from the Committee.
  2. Financial report.
  3. Election of Committee for 2023.
  4. Amendments to the Constitution. Please follow the link for details and an explanation of the proposed amendments.
  5. Other business.


Should you like to be more involved in SPRA by nominating for the Committee, please make contact.