State Library of South Australia

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Date: 12 March 2015

A century of services to children, that ominous word 'Maralinga', a prominent Adelaide businessman and a disappearing Norwood footballer.

Forecourt of the State Library of South Australia
Forecourt of the State Library of South Australia (Photo by Jenny Scott)

What could they possibly have in common? The State Library of South Australia of course and its incomparable collections of South Australiana coupled with its 181 years of service to this Province and latterly State of ours. Articles exploring all of these are here for your enjoyment in this Autumn issue.

One thing that we are especially proud of is the refurbishment of our splendid Institute Building. Its original wing of 1861 and the 1907 extension are now resplendent in a recreation of the earliest unified colour scheme of 1908. Once again it stands as an adornment to the city - elegant and gracious on its prominent site on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. I wish to thank everyone who has been involved in this project for their marvellous contributions. From the moment the scaffolding went up to the moment it all came down again this wonderful building has been treated with the greatest care and respect. Once again it is the perfect setting for the many exhibitions, lectures, public programmes and activities that are held within its (no longer crumbling) walls.

May this Autumn bring you all the pleasures of its mellow fruitfulness in all its forms.

Story by: Alan Smith

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