The Waterhouse Club is a major support group of the South Australian Museum  and has just celebrated 30 years since its inception.

The Club offers access to the Museum’s scientists
The South Australian Museum’s scientists are at the centre of our Club’s program and their talents and exciting discoveries are showcased by the Club’s exceptional expeditions and events. The Club founded in 1987, is young in spirit and experimental in its diverse program.

For example, the recent Fabulous Fossils Across Canada expedition was designed around inspections of Canada’s World-Heritage-Listed fossil sites matching South Australia’s own Ediacaran-and Cambrian-aged Nilpena and Big Gully (Kangaroo Island) locations. The scientific leader was the Museum’s charismatic palaeontologist, Associate Professor Diego C Garcia-Bellido and the Club’s Expedition Leaders were Trevor and Carolyn Ireland .

Included in the 14 day expedition program were visits to the iconic Drumheller dinosaur repository, also World Heritage listed, and the Royal Ontario Museum, holder of the nation’s core collections from each of the three aforementioned localities. At each of the three field localities the itinerary was expanded to include access to tourist attractions variously of historical significance, providing wildlife interest and scenic attraction, or showcasing American Indian culture – an international expedition which while remaining palaeontologically rich was sufficiently diverse to attract Waterhouse Club members interest.

Education, entertainment and travel.
The Club’s aims are to enlighten and have a good time – standards are high and events are staged with flair.  Destinations are chosen for their scientific interest and beauty, often with privileged access. We aim to see the world through the multi-disciplined eyes of the Museum, which can be a life transforming experience.

Your kind of people
The Club’s objective is to provide a network of influential people to give support to The Museum through influence and raising money for the Museum Foundation. On joining, you can expect to be among people who are at a stage in life when they can take an interest in the natural world and let their curiosity flourish through access to authoritative knowledge.

Separate from the Waterhouse Club, the Museum has an excellent program of activities for families and children which is best accessed through  Museum Membership.

Fabulous Fossils Across Canada Expedition

Walcott Quarry Burgess Shale British Columbia

Mistaken Point Newfoundland