State Library of South Australia

Live & Learn series 2019

Date: 12 April 2019 to 15 November 2019

Time: 1 to 2:30pm

Location: Various

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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 April

When Peace Descends: South Australians after the Armistice

Date: 12 April
Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

Discover the stories and images of the aftermath of World War One in our South Australian collections, be hands-on with some special collection items.

From the onset of World War One, Australian women responded with patriotic fervour and a determination to do their bit. As the war continued over four long years, death tolls rose, the wounded and maimed slowly returned and reality began to bite. In November 1918 came the Armistice and repatriation. And then what happened?

Using material from the Library's published, archival and online collections, we look at South Australian society in peacetime and the effects of loss, grief and war damage. Join us as we explore the aftermath of the 'war to end all wars', including services and aid for returned soldiers and nurses; support for women and their families; symbols of remembrance and local monuments.

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 May

South Australian History Festival events

Noble & Notorious: Forgotten women from Proclamation to WW1

Date: 10 May
Location: Meet in State Library glass foyer

Be inspired by stories and images of forgotten South Australian women, be hands-on with some special collection items.

What was it about the wealthy Mrs Herbert Fisher, aka Thistle Anderson, that both scandalised and entranced Adelaide society in the early 1900s? Why do 21st century South Australians owe so much to Mary Lee, Augusta Zadow and Kate Cocks? What terrible events placed Elizabeth Woolcock and Mary Schippan in the public eye? Why did all those WW1 soldiers love Mrs Seager?

Join us as we remember a few of South Australia's many forgotten women. Whether they were shining lights, sinners, or sinned against, their stories are well worth hearing.

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Scandalous and scurrilous: Forgotten men from Proclamation to WW1

Date: 24 May
Location: Meet in State Library glass foyer

Explore South Austria's scandalous past, from cattle rustlers to Ashton's hotel and the bodies at the bottom of Government House's garden. Hear about the Hellfire preacher who caused a riot at the Town Hall and the brilliant progressive lawyer who was certified as an absinthe, woman-addicted lunatic. Discover these and the stories of other men who were mad, bad, or simply dangerous to know.

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 June

Successful searching: State Library website and catalogue

Date: 14 June
Location: Meet in State Library glass foyer

Save time and frustration with this guided, hands-on delve into the website and catalogues of the state Library.

With just a few pointers you will be able to quickly identify the deeper layers of the website and its surprises. With staff guidance and practice time, you will approach our catalogues more confidently to discover collection items. Short show-and-tell segments will be followed by tie for you to practice and build your confidence. Staff will be on hand to guide you. Use your own tablet, or phone, or one of our iPads. Basic tablet familiarity is assumed.

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Successful searching: State Library databases

Date: 21 June
Location: Meet in State Library glass foyer

Come and develop skills in using some of our subscription databases and open a whole world of reputable and reliable information on a myriad of topics. Databases all operate similarly but most have their own quirks. Short show-and-tell segments will be followed by time for you to practice and build your confidence. Staff will be on hand to guide you. Use your own tablet, or phone, or one of our iPads. Basic tablet familiarity is assumed.

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 July

Ship Ahoy! Tales of shore & riverbank in State Library collections

Date: 12 July
Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

Marvel at our maritime history in a slideshow from our South Australian collections, be hands-on with some special collection items, and discover the shipping collections in the Spence Wing.

Join us to explore South Australia's maritime history through a slideshow of stunning images from the State Library's collections of photographs and lantern slides, and on into shipboard diaries, rare books, menus and children's toys. Get up close to see some of this unique material. Revive some memories with us - your forebears may have emigrated on the City of Adelaide clipper ship, or perhaps the Gulf Trip on MV Moonta is part of your history. In stormy seas you will discover the wrecked SS Admella and the Star of Greece off our coast. In gentler waters rivercraft from paddle steamers to Popeye take their places, and classic books on boating might kindle childhood memories. In more recent times learn about our wonderful Paul McGuire Maritime Library and its local donors.

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 August

Transcribing Tales: cursive to digital

Date: 9 August
Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

Bringing new life to handwritten archives. Our thousands of handwritten letters, diaries and minutes of meetings tell the deep and detailed story of South Australia. The 19th century cursive handwriting in these is notoriously difficult to decipher. In our transcription program, skilled volunteers unravel the cursive and produce legible, searchable online documents. A selection of the originals of these documents have been digitised and can be viewed online. You will discover the diversity of these materials, find out how the transcription program works and might even consider joining our team working from home.

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 September

Strenuous Work - the campaign for Women's Suffrage

Date: 13 September
Location: ?

Join us as we celebrate 125 years of votes for women in South Australia.

After years of strenuous work and campaigning, in 1894 South Australia became one of the first places in the world to agree to grant the vote to women.

In this program we will hear the voices of South Australians who fought long and hard for women to have a say in how their lives were run. We will also hear some strident commentary from those who tried to stifle those voices.

This program may conclude with an optional tour of the onsite Centre of Democracy.

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 October

ZestFest events

Successful searching: State Library website and catalogue

Date: 11 October
Location: Meet in State Library glass foyer

Save time and frustration with this guided, hands-on delve into the website and catalogues of the State Library. With just a few pointers you will be able to quickly identify the deeper layers of the website and its surprises. With staff guidance and practise time, you will approach our catalogues more confidently to discover collection items. Short show-and-tell segments will be followed by tie for you to practise and build your confidence. Staff will be on hand to guide you. Use your own tablet, or phone, or one of our iPads. Basic tablet familiarity is assumed.

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Successful searching: State Library databases

Date: 18 October
Location: Meet in State Library glass foyer

Not all research can be satisfied by a book or free via the internet. Come and develop skills in using some of our subscription databases and open a whole world of reputable and reliable information on a myriad of topics. Databases all operate similarly but most have their own quirks. Short show-and -tell segments will be followed by time for you to practice and build your confidence. Staff will be on hand to guide you. Use your own tablet, or phone, or one of our iPads. Basic tablet familiarity is assumed.

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The Cachet of Croquet: a social history of a little known South Australian sport

Date: 25 October
Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

Through a slideshow of historical photographs, newspapers, magazines, books, ephemera and original archival material the origins of croquet as a backyard pastime will come to life. Get up close to unique material from the collections of the State Library of South Australia. Discover the status of croquet today as an international sport through memorabilia belonging to State Library staff member Carolyn Spooner, who competed as a South Australian representative in every state, and as an Australian representative in England, New Zealand and the United States.

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 November

Flying High: the epic England to Australia Air Race 1919

Date: 15 November
Location: Bronwyn Halliday Learning Studio (in the Hub)

The extraordinary achievement of South Australian aviators Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, and their mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers will be celebrated in November 2019 marking the centenary of the England to Australia Air Race which they won. As part of the South Australian celebrations the State Library is mounting a Treasures Wall exhibition with items from its collections and from other collections. Find out more about the epic air race and the exhibition, and discover resources from the Library's collections. View them up close and online.

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February - To Market, to market: Adelaide Central Market

Date: 8 February
Location: Hetzel Lecture Theatre
From the East End to Gouger Street, join us as we celebrate 150 years of Adelaide's produce markets and the characters who made them. Hear about the pioneer women of Hahndorf trekking to Adelaide with their heavy baskets. Become acquainted with some of the purveyors of fresh and fine produce who were at the heart of the city's early markets. Discover the novelties, gimcracks, bagatelles, entertainers and political rallies which were all part of the fabric of the Adelaide Central Market's colourful history. We may even throw in a ghost or two for good measure.
This program is in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition: Adelaide Central Market: 150 years of people and produce (25 January to 28 April 2019)

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