State Library of South Australia

e-xtra - Winter 2014 - the stories

State Library forecourt

Director's Cut

This Winter edition of our e-newsletter highlights the diversity of our collections, with emphases on history back to early settlement, and history made yesterday.

Victorian piano doll CLRC Collection Box 51

Victorian piano doll

This exquisite Victorian 'piano doll', circa 1890s, is part of the State Library's Children's Literature Research Collection (CLRC). Not strictly a child's toy, it is rather a decoration for a piano or ladies dressing table.

Doc Neeson ready to rock

Never too old to rock and roll!

A tribute to two of South Australia's rock and roll heroes - Doc Neeson and Jim Keays, by Rob McDade

Some say "old rockers never die", but they are mere mortals like the rest of us. In the past month we have lost two iconic Australian singers who both happened to have begun their careers in Adelaide: Doc Neeson of The Angels and Jim Keays of The Masters Apprentices.

Here is a short tribute to both.

Tiger Simpson in uniform Penneshaw c1915 Penneshaw Maritime and Folk Museum

Toponymy and the Dudley Tiger

If you visit Kangaroo Island's Dudley Peninsula, you may come away thinking you've been to 'Tiger' Peninsula. On Dudley there's Tiger's Cairn or Tiger's Knob, Tiger's Tooth at Cape Hart, and Tiger's Hill. They are all named for (or by) Stamford Walles 'Tiger' Simpson, sometimes known as 'Anzac'. Simpson's Aboriginal grandmother Betty was probably brought to Kangaroo Island by sealers at around 1819 - they were pre-settlement South Australians. Some local history has it that Stamford's nickname referred to his temper, but surely also it was for this Tasmanian connection - Stamford could threaten to "get me Tassie up!" when roused. A customer interested in Aboriginal people at Gallipoli asked if we had a photo of Stamford in his uniform.

The Western Weekly News of Port Lincoln was once missing

Wanted: South Australia's Missing Newspapers

Do you have a newspaper missing from our collection?

The Governor and staff at the Adelaide Gaol by Henry Glover 1850 B 17790

The Good the bad and the barely believable: tales of law and disorder in colonial South Australia

From a bare-chested bushranger and a firewood filcher who got his fingers burnt, to the reformatory hulk reminiscent of Dickensian times moored off Largs Bay and a notorious hanging on the banks of the Torrens. Join your guide for tales from the gritty side, from a good dose of black humour to the downright harrowing.

Fancy transcribing this 1872 diary by Charlie Johnston

Transcribing Tales : in your own write

The State Library has a thriving Transcription Program with twelve dedicated volunteers working on our priority handwritten archival documents-but unbeknownst to the Library, family historians and other researchers are also quietly transcribing our archival documents on their own behalf.

Spence Wing basement at the State Library

New legal deposit library guide

Are you a South Australian publisher of physical or electronic material? If so, our new legal deposit library guide is for you.

Centenary of ANZAC

Online Projects Milestone

Online Projects are excited to announce that the first major round of indexing for the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau has been completed. It has taken a little over 6 months to index 8024 records (there were handful of the 8033 packets missing at the time of receipt in 1919).

SLSA Director Alan Smith  Governor of SA  Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce  Friends President Elizabeth Hambly and French Ambassador to Australia M Stephane Romatet   at the launch of French Designs on Colonial New South Wales

Friends of SLSA

The Friends of SLSA have been very active during the first half of 2014.

Visit to Walkerville Library

The facilities, collection and philosophy of the library in the new Walkerville Civic Centre was of great interest to members of the Friends of SLSA, who visited it in late February. We
saw at first-hand the workings of the Libraries Board one card system, and learned about the principles that underpin library planning and design in the 21st century.


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