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Winter 2015 - the stories

Feng Qingdong Director Shandong Province Library with Alan Smith Director State Library of South Australia

Director's cut

Date: 27 May 2015

On Monday 25 May in Jinan, in the Peoples Republic of China I signed an Agreement between the State Library of South Australia and Shandong Library. My counterpart, the Curator of the Shandong Library, Mr Feng Qingdong and I look forward to many years of close cooperation and collaboration between our two institutions.

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau website launched

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau website launched

Date: 3 June 2015

We are pleased to announce the release of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau website . The site allows other institutions, researchers and family historians worldwide to search, contribute to and harvest the database, and highlight South Australia's contributions to WW1.

Copyright and TM Hairy Maclary and Friends Lynley Dodd 2015

It’s time to say goodbye to the Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective exhibition

Date: 22 June 2015

It's been a busy time at the State Library as we've hosted one of our most popular exhibitions, the Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective.

Daniela Kaleva opera singer

Our performing arts partners

Date: 12 June 2015

We are pleased to be working with our performing arts partners to bring our community new and exciting experiences.

Image by renowned botanical illustrator Rosa Fiveash

Inside the Institute: Changes bring a new lease of life to a cultural precinct

Date: 3 June 2015

Earlier this year the restoration of our treasured Institute Building was finished, now the inside of the building has had a makeover.

Professor Julian Meyrick with PhD candidate Heather Robinson

Dollars and sense: Revealing the value of culture

Date: 29 May 2015

Have you been to an event at the State Library of South Australia lately? Noticed some new inquisitive faces lurking at the back of the room?

2015 winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

State Library - a winner in travellers’ eyes

Date: 12 June 2015

Exciting news - we have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 2015 TripAdvisor awards.

Our friendly ambassadors Anne Leonie Aileen and Kevin

Who’s been visiting the State Library recently?

Date: 3 June 2015

Visitors from Japan, UK, China, Germany, France, Korea, Iran, Canada, NSW, Queensland and Adelaide unearthed the dark side of South Australian history when they joined a recent tour at the State Library.

Jared Thomas and Sally Gardner on tour in SA

Reading Matters comes to the State Library

Date: 5 June 2015

Reading Matters, Australia's biggest and brightest celebration of Young Adult literature, has been on the road and recently stopped off in South Australia.

Der Kamerad newspaper of the Torrens Island internees 19 June 2015

Transcribing Tales: Bringing their voices to life

Date: 3 June 2015

Between 9 October 1914 and 17 August 1915 Torrens Island was used as an internment camp for some 350 'enemy nationals' of German or Austro-Hungarian descent. To improve morale, and because internees were not allowed access to newspapers, internee Walter Emde, edited and published three issues of their own newspaper in German in June 1915. The paper was called Der Kamerad: Wochenschrift der Kriegsgefangenen auf Torrens Island, S. Australien, or Comrades: weekly newspaper of the prisoners of war of Torrens Island, South Australia.

Example of a passenger list

What's in a name?

Date: 3 June 2015

More than you would expect, when you are in the throes of genealogical research. Given a vowel: a, e, i,o or u and any letter with the potential to be doubled such as n, m, t, s, or l, you can be sure that your research has increased due to the number of possibilities in the subsequent spelling of the name. This isn't a big problem when reading a bound volume or card index of names. But it is important to be aware of the variations in spelling when searching computer databases.

Cover image of the French designs on colonial New South Wales

News from the Friends

Date: 29 May 2015

The Friends have just received some very good news about our most recent Australiana publication, French designs on colonial New South Wales, by Jean Fornasiero and John West-Sooby. The book was awarded a bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Book Publishers awards, known as the IPPY awards.


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