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Autumn 2016 - the stories

Crowds enjoying Fringe Illuminations Dreaming Light on our historic Mortlock Wing Photographer Craig Laurendet

Director's cut

Date: 30 March 2016

Welcome to a new year and a new season. It's been a busy start to the year at the library, as you will see from our newsletter.

A mothers letter of enquiry about her son Private WS Burman Photo by Jenny Scott

Connecting families 100 years later - South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau Collection

Date: 23 March 2016

The South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau (SARCIB) played a pivotal role in reconnecting families and friends of missing Australian Imperial Force personnel who fought in World War 1. The outcome wasn't always happy, but the relief of actually knowing what happened did ease some of the pain for loved ones back home. One hundred years later the valuable records created as a result of over 8,000 enquiries are once again bringing families together.

Bismark Gully Farm B 70683 9

A suburb by another name: From Bismarck to Weeroopa to Brooklyn Park

Date: 21 March 2016

In South Australia, in the midst of World War One, many places were renamed. But which ones? The South Australian Government Gazette holds the answer, and thanks to the digitisation of this valuable resource, the list can be accessed, and read with the newspapers in Trove and the State Gazetteer to tell an amazing story.

Royal Victoria Hotel in Beltana in 1900 B 64279 and now

Unsettled – colonial ruin in the Flinders Ranges

Date: 21 March 2016

Artists Grayson Cooke and Dea Morgain are partnering with the State Library of South Australia to hold an exhibition in 2017. The project, Unsettled, looks at colonial ruin in the Flinders Ranges. It uses State Library images and documents to question the stories we as Australians tell ourselves about our colonial past. The exhibition will include archival images, media art, and documentary interviews with Adnyamathanha people and other residents of the Flinders Ranges.

In 1918 the mother of Edward Mrs Emily Eliza Hanrahan writes to enquire about her son

Can you give me any information concerning my son?

Date: 21 March 2016

So wrote Mrs Emily Eliza Hanrahan from Port Augusta, to the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau in October, 1918. She was seeking information about her son, Edward Hanrahan of the 9th Light Horse, whom she would learn (another eleven months later) had been killed in action on the 9 October, 1918 in a battle fought by the Allies against the Ottoman Empire in what was then part of Palestine in the Middle East.

Diary of Leo Terrell

Transcribing Tales: From ironworker to everyman soldier to star of the screen

Date: 21 March 2016

In 1914 Frederick Leopold 'Leo' Terrell was a foundry worker in Port Pirie and Broken Hill, holding tenuously onto work while economic times became grimmer, and recording his daily activities in a diary. He continued the diary throughout World War One, surviving Gallipoli and the Western Front, and returning home safely in 1918.

13th Century Antiphonal

A State Library Treasure - Antiphonal

Date: 21 March 2016

The 13th century Italian Antiphonal is often named as the Library's greatest treasure. It is also our oldest written item bound in book form. Purchased by the Friends of the Library in 1945 for the then sizeable figure of £77, it is today worth many times more.

Story Wall at the State Library Photographer Craig Laurendet

Our interactive Story Wall turns the light on a new chapter of stories

Date: 21 March 2016

In November 2015 we turned on South Australia's brightest new attraction - the Story Wall. A state-of-the-art permanent architectural projection, the Story Wall uses imagery and sound to tell the stories that have helped shape South Australia. To coincide with the Adelaide Fringe and Festival of Arts, we released a new chapter of stories. As with all the stories on the Story Wall the content is sourced entirely from our diverse collections.

From left Chai Yun State Library Director Alan Smith Premier Jay Weatherill and Zhang Xiaomei Image courtesy of The Advertiser photographer Mark Brake

State Library welcomes interns from Shandong Provincial Library

Date: 21 March 2016

Following an agreement signed between the Shandong Provincial Library and the State Library of South Australia in May last year, we are pleased to welcome Miss Zhang (Mei) Xiaomei and Mr Chai (Charles) Yun from the Shandong Provincial Library.

Person reading a newspaper at the State Library of South Australia

Support us

Date: 23 March 2016

The generosity of South Australians is a strength we value highly. Your support ensures we continue to build our collections and preserve the State's history for current and future generations.


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