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Spring 2015 - the stories

Copy of the South Australian Deed of Settlement from the Angas Collection

Director's cut

Date: 28 September 2015

The most significant collection to be offered to the State Library in the last decade has now been secured, through purchase from the Angas family. The substantial collection will further enhance the existing Angas collection that was first acquired in 1937.

Government House and North Terrace 1935 SRSA GRG35 342 GN5612

National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia - 1 year anniversary on North Terrace

Date: 23 September 2015

Since August 2014 the Adelaide Office of the National Archives of Australia and State Records of South Australia have provided services to the public from the Somerville Reading Room in the State Library.

The Mortlock Wing

Our Mortlock Wing - a State Treasure

Date: 28 September 2015

Our magnificent Mortlock Wing has stood proudly on North Terrace since 1884, when it opened as Adelaide's Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery. The Mortlock Wing is named after the Library's most significant benefactor, John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (1894-1950).

Cover of the South Australian Times newspaper

South Australian newspapers on Trove – what the statistics say

Date: 28 September 2015

Trove, an online tool, helps you find resources relating to Australia, such as historic newspapers, journals, books, pictures, photos, music, maps, diaries and much more. This content is gathered from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations.

Our friendly Ambassadors Barb Doug and Di

The Genus Rosa

Date: 23 September 2015

It's Spring time and roses are blooming in gardens all over Adelaide. But did you know that you can find blooms in the State Library any time of the year? Glorious images and stories of their heritage are waiting to be unearthed in our extensive collection of books and periodicals from the botanical genre.

The lofty slopes of Thistle Island seen at far right from Port Lincoln looking across Boston Bay in 1846 by George French Angas B1527613

Transcribing Tales: Thistle Island calling the mainland

Date: 28 September 2015

A handwritten notepad of radio messages transmitted to and from Thistle Island in 1936 gives a fascinating glimpse into life on a remote island. The notepad was part of a donation of family letters and memorabilia from the Wade family. It has now been transcribed and researched by volunteers Peter Anson and Kathy Hurley for everyone to discover online as Personal Record Group 1463/1.

Unleased open data competition

Unleashed Open Data, GovHack and WW1 Hack competition - Success story

Date: 11 September 2015

The South Australia (SA) Unleashed 2015 competition was an even bigger success this year with over 200 participants competing in 4 locations; Adelaide, and the public libraries in Mt Gambier, the City of Onkaparinga and the City of Playford.

YouTube channel

What are people watching on our YouTube channel?

Date: 28 September 2015

Did you know that we have a State Library of South Australia (SLSA) YouTube channel?

Our collections include home movies dating back to the 1930s, silent films, documentary material, and feature films and television productions made in South Australia and by South Australians who have made careers in films throughout the world.

The OHiggins and his mother

What IS the Name?

Date: 28 September 2015

Current researchers often have difficulty working out antique first names from their abbreviations. The practice of abbreviating first names was fashionable in old records and advertisements. Such terms appeared as Jno for Jonathan, Jos for Joseph, Jas for James, Thos for Thomas, Chas for Charles, Wm for William, Geo for George, Benj for Benjamin and Saml for Samuel.


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