State Library of South Australia

Live & Learn series 2018

Date: 7 December 2018 to 14 December 2018

Time: 1 to 2:30pm

Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

Note: Free entry, bookings essential.

Live and learn Be intrigued and inspired by stories and images of South Australias past from the collections of the State Library

Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, access to special items from our collections and a tour of the State Library.

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 December: Marvellous Maps

Dates: 7 December - back by popular demand

This program will be held in the Jervois Room, Mortlock Wing.
Discover the stories behind some of our South Australian maps, find out how to access them online, and go behind-the-scenes to the Map Collection in the Spence Wing.

Maps are wonderful things to look at. They tell stories of the land if you know what to look for. John McDouall Stuart's 1861 map pointed the way for Charles Todd's Overland Telegraph, while Goyder's Line in 1865 showed where not to farm. Detailed 19th century 'hundreds' maps are an invaluable resource for family historians, Among the other items we will look at are an 1838 shipboard diary with pen sketches of exotic lands and WH Edmunds' colourful road plans of the hills and metropolitan Adelaide from the 1920s and 40s.

As well as looking at the originals we will discover how to access them as digital images on the State Library's website and catalogue. Feel free to BYO device or use one of our Community Learning iPads.

We then visit the Mortlock Wing to see a range of maps and charts on display, and go behind-the-scenes to the Map Collection in the Spence Wing.

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 December: The Celestial Question: Early Chinese arrivals and settlers

Dates: 14 December - back by popular demand

Be intrigued by stories and images of our Chinese heritage from our South Australian collections, be hands-on with some special collection items and visit the Mortlock and Spence Wings.

Discover the early history of the Chinese in South Australia. Mr Sang is believed to be the state's first Chinese settler. Very few followed him until gold fever struck Australia in the 1850s. To beat Victoria's poll tax, thousands of Chinese immigrants passed through South Australia, walking hundreds of miles to the gold diggings in Ballarat.

By the late 1870s there were a hundred Chinese South Australians and by Federation, almost 300, living mostly in Adelaide. Called Celestials, they worked as market gardeners, labourers, shopkeepers, carpenters, restaurateurs and herbalists. They often intermarried, raised families, went to Temple or Church, and somehow survived discrimination. Some went on to become highly successful merchants and entrepreneurs.

This program includes a close look at relevant special items from our collections and concludes with a short tour of the Library.

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