Adelaide is most fortunate to have one of the biggest collections of William and May Morris textiles and furnishings in the world outside of the UK,.....so it is with great excitement that Larry and I announce hosting the inaugural "William Morris in Adelaide Events" for 2018 and 2019. This will be repeated in 2019 so that Helen Bertram of Whitecroft Tours can attend ( During 2018 she will be hosting a Jane Austen Tour in the UK)...this way past participants of Whitecroft Tours might like to come for a reunion in 2019!
(All photos are mine unless otherwise noted)
February 2017 Update:
I can now confirm these are the dates for the tours:
Sunday April 8th - Saturday 14th
Sunday April 29th - Saturday May 4th
Sunday August 5th - Saturday 11th
Tuesday September 25th - Monday October 1st
April 7th - 13th (reserved for previous Whitecroft Tour participants)
(August 2019 if required - TBA)
One venue that I can confirm is Stamford Grand Hotel Glenelg on the beach front of Glenelg. The welcome event will also be held here.....
Photo from Trip advisor
The following is at February 22nd 2017 and may be subject to change
Welcome cocktail event with guest speaker at the Stamford Grand Hotel
Our private room overlooking the sea
at the Stamford Grand Hotel
Coach travel to the city for a private William & May Morris textiles and furnishings viewing at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Lunch will be included at the Art Gallery followed by a walking tour of Adelaide including viewing the very unique William Morris stained glass federation windows at the Old Stock Exchange building. We might even have time to have a ride on our infamous Popeye! Evening free
Coach pick up at Glenelg where we will drive to St Augustine's Anglican Church to view the magnificent William Morris stained glass windows and enjoy a Morris quilt display over morning tea. This will be followed by a short drive to the stunning house and gardens of Carrick Hill for a private tour and some special not seen before Morris textiles! Lunch included at Carrick Hill. On the drive back to Glenelg we will stop and view one of the grand homes that belonged to the Barr Smith family - the biggest international client of Morris & Co. Evening free
The coach picks us up from Glenelg with our first stop at the David Roche Foundation Museum in North Adelaide for a private tour. Lunch at own cost in one of the nearby cafes on Melbourne St. The coach will meet us after lunch for a tour that will include viewing some of Adelaide's beautiful homes and more churches with Morris stained glass windows. The plan is to have a private tour of St Peter's Anglican Cathedral followed by Evensong. Evening free
Day FiveToday we drive to the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Included in our morning will be morning tea and a Morris display at the Church of the Epiphany at Crafers followed by a drive by view of Thorngrove Manor on our way to Auchendarroch. Lunch will be at Auchendarroch House one of the Barr Smith family's prior homes. We will view the Morris rooms and the very spot where Joanna Barr Smith hand embroidered so many magnificent Morris pieces. Lunch will be served in a stunning Morris furnished room. After lunch we will have a private tour of the The Cedars, the home of one of Australia's most famous artists - Sir Hans Heysen. Evening free
Above photo from Auchendarcroch website
Above photo from The Cedars website
Our coach takes us on a longer drive today to the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula starting in the town of Victor Harbor where we will be served a delicious morning tea. There will be time for an amble before we drive along the coast to Port Elliot for lunch. After lunch there will be more time to browse through the nearby shops including several with antiques. Following this we meander back through Willlunga and the famous McLaren Vale wine region finishing with a surprise afternoon tea at a mystery destination!