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Summer 2016/2017 - the stories

Representatives from the Libraries Board of South Australia and the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

Significant agreement signed

Date: 28 November 2016

On 27 October 2016 representatives from the Libraries Board of South Australia and the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia signed a 40 year agreement, marking a new stage in the relationship between the two organisations.

Three young children and their Christmas stockings c 1927 SRG 168 1 58 28

Director’s cut

Date: 8 December 2016

At this time of year we stop to reflect on what has been and to say thank you to all our readers for your continued support and interest in the Library.

Handcoloured postcard of the main entrance to Hazelwood from Greenhill Road circa 1900 B 72460

Transcribing Tales: The reminiscences of Caroline Emily Clark

Date: 28 November 2016

In 1850 Unitarians Francis and Caroline Clark (née Hill) emigrated to South Australia with their nine children. Between 1853 and 1914 the Clark family lived on their 45 acre Hazelwood Park estate. The estate was named after a school in Birmingham founded by Francis Clark's famous brother-in-law, Rowland Hill, the inventor of postage stamps. The family allowed the community to use the park for recreational purposes, and it became known as Clark's Paddock. That use was formalised when the family sold the estate to the South Australian Government in 1914 on the condition that it remain a public park.

Exhibition Building in Adelaide c 1887 B 3922

Dress up and get your skates on!

Date: 28 November 2016

On a winter's Monday evening in 1888 the Columbia Elite Roller-Skating Rink Company held a fancy dress roller-skating carnival in the Jubilee Exhibition Building on North Terrace. A newspaper article published the following day, together with the very charming souvenir given to participants, portrayed an event which must have been quite a social extravaganza.


Kersbrook Hill Wines and Cider

Thank you to our new supporter Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider

Date: 28 November 2016

Kersbrook Hill Wines & Cider are proud supporters of the State Library of South Australia.

Grattan Institute

Announcing a new partnership with Grattan Institute

Date: 28 November 2016

We are pleased to announce our partnering with Grattan Institute to bring you a series of public interest events each year on key policy themes including health, energy, education, transport and cities.

Cushion design created by Stephen Bowers after late 18th century water-colour and block prints of fleurs tropicales et palmiers for toile de Jouy

News from the Friends

Date: 28 November 2016

Unique gift and homewares from the Friends

The Friends of the State Library of South Australia have created an online shop of gift items and homewares using some of the beautiful images from their publications. These are unique pieces and make ideal gifts, especially for overseas relatives and friends. Items range from cushions and clothing to ipad skins, journals, notebooks, mugs, tote bags, and more.

To see the full range of items visit the online shop.

Items from the State Library of South Australias Childrens Literature Research Collection

Explore your memories of play

Date: 28 November 2016

Play is an important part of all our lives but what is it and why do people play?

In 2017 these two questions will be explored through a delightful exhibition and learning program using historical toys, games and stories from the unique collections of the State Library.

Somerville Reading Room digital camera

Digital camera now available for public use in the Somerville Reading Room

Date: 28 November 2016

The Somerville Reading Room (SRR) allows the public to access, under controlled conditions, heritage and preservation materials from the State Library of South Australia's collections. We are now pleased to provide a digital camera in this Reading Room for the public to use with items that can only be viewed in the SRR.

Leonard Cohen in 2008 Image credit Rama used under CC BY SA 2 0 FR and CeCILL licences

Say a prayer for the cowboy

Date: 28 November 2016

When the death of the Canadian writer and performer Leonard Cohen was announced on 7 November, how many of his admirers would think of the State Library as a repository of his vocal genius? But of course, you never know what you may find in the State Library.

Bob the railway dog c 1892 B 26282 1

‘Stop me not, but let me jog; For I am Bob, the driver’s dog’

Date: 30 November 2016

In 1882 Bob, a scruffy brown German collie dog covered with thick shaggy hair, was born in Macclesfield, South Australia. He travelled the railways of Australia winning the hearts of those he met. Over 130 years later Bob the Railway Dog is still adored and his legendary antics still told in books, websites, articles - he even has a Facebook page!

The clock can be seen in this 1903 photo of the Mortlock Chamber B 54119

The ticking of the Mortlock clock

Date: 28 November 2016

The South Australian Chronicle reported on 25 June 1887:

There has just been erected in the Museum, North-terrace, a large and handsome clock, the workmanship of Messrs. E. Dent & Co., of London. The order for the clock was given by Mr C. Todd, C.M.G., Postmaster-General, during his recent visit to London ... The makers ... state that they were actually out of pocket by the transaction, but they wished to turn out the work in a really creditable manner.


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