Greg has lived in the Port area his whole life, and has been a City of PAE volunteer since 2013.
His first volunteer role was at the Semaphore Information Centre, located in the Semaphore Library and in 2018 he took on a secondary role in the local history room at the Port Library.
His work involves researching local and state heritage listed properties in the area, with this information included on blue heritage plaques and the City of PAE heritage plaques webpage. Greg searches old news items, reports and government files to find details related to when the buildings were constructed, how they were used and by whom.
For history month this year we conducted a guided tour of the buildings with heritage plaques in the Port Adelaide State Heritage Area. This included the Jackalope Gallery which was formerly the old coach house of the Port Admiral Hotel where hoteliers were required by law to provide stabling for horses of guests and travellers. Other significant buildings on the tour included the Muecke building in McLaren Parade and McKells in Timpson Street, both important businesses in Port Adelaide’s rich history.
Greg also spends one day a week digitising District of Port Adelaide birth certificates which belong to State Records. These records provide a fascinating insight into life in the Port area, and once indexed the information will be accessible online and searchable by anyone wishing to find out more about local or family history.