Expert to speak in Pirie about our landmark buildings

SPEAKER: Dr Christine Garnaut will be in Port Pirie for a business dinner.

SPEAKER: Dr Christine Garnaut will be in Port Pirie for a business dinner.

The significance of Port Pirie's architectural history will be discussed at the yearly Business Port Pirie Networking Dinner by a guest speaker with a unique connection to the town.

Architectural historian and director of the Architecture Museum at UniSA, Dr Christine Garnaut, will be the first special guest speaker at the dinner at the Function Centre, Memorial Oval, on Tuesday.

Dr Garnaut has various ties to Port Pirie both through her areas of study and her family.

Her great-grandfather and builder Henry Smerdon put up St Mark's Cathedral and Carn Brae as well as homes in Pirie West in a suburb named Smerdonville.

Dr Garnaut's studies involved tracking Charles Reed, Australia's first government town planner based in Adelaide, who did some significant work in Port Pirie, including a rapidly-built playground.

"A children's playground was famously built by the Broken Hill Associated Smelters in a day," she said.

"It was basically designed and prefabricated and then assembled on site."

She said that her talk would aim to highlight the value of the architecture and the connection of the town's landmarks to its cultural life.

The other speaker is Port Pirie Meats' Reg Smyth, a proud South Australian with family roots at an historic Flinders Ranges sheep station.

He is the developer behind the planned multi-million-dollar abattoir near Warnertown. The dinner will start at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at $75 from