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, during the recent Pollinators on Yorke Peninsula Expedition the role of native bees and birds in pollination was explored, particularly agricultural pollination. It was also an opportunity for our Members to experience one of South Australia’s best kept secrets, the Innes National Park on the tip of Yorke Peninsula. Our scientific team comprised John Gitsham, former Innes Senior Ranger and President of Birds SA, Dr Remko Leijs, a world expert on Australian native bees, and Dr Katja Hogendoorn who is well known in agricultural circles for her expertise in both native and European bees. Expeditioners enjoyed the beauty of the regenerating bushland around the historic Inneston township site, birding with John and assisting Remko and Katja to trap and identify native bees. An added bonus was the quaint, secluded accommodation at Inneston, the abundant bird, insect and mammal life all around the site, and the good food, wine and fellowship for which Club expeditions are renown.
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.