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e-xtra - Autumn 2014 - the stories

Royal Worcester coffee set painted by James Stinton

Carter’s price guide to antiques

From an Armani velvet jacket to a Zulu snuff container - it's all been there for years in the wonderfully illustrated and popular annual Carter's price guide to antiques. The great news is that it's all now accessible from home through the Carter's price guide to antiques online.

Photograph of Edward from Australian town and country journal 6 April 1889

Charles Dickens’ family connection to Australia

Date: 25 February 2014

We recently had an enquiry seeking information about Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens, the youngest son of Charles Dickens, and his life in Australia.

Mortlock Library

Director's Cut

Date: 6 March 2014

Sharks, ships, erstwhile sons sent to the other side of the world, hiking boots and glorious dioramas - what on earth could they possibly have in common? Almost the only place they could be in all at once is a library and this month they do indeed all come together in this issue you are reading now. If anything could prove the extraordinary diversity of what we collect and care for, this is it.

Diorama images created by Stephen Bowers currently on display at the State Library

Friends of the State Library : Stephen Bowers Makes History

Currently on display in the Somerville Reading Room at the State Library of South Australia two dioramas made as book cover artworks for historical facsimile publications released by The Friends of the State Library of South Australia.

Volunteer Kathy Hurley with a piece of history from the South Australian Company

Transcribing Tales : The South Australian Company writ large

Date: 27 February 2014

The South Australian Company had fingers in all the colonial pies, but to many of us it remains a somewhat shadowy organisation. However a recent transcript of its correspondence has brought the major players to life, and will be a treasure trove for family historians and other researchers, allowing keyword searching for people and places.

The original Great White Death image quality before restoration

What's new in archives : Great White Death

Date: 27 February 2014

Rodney Fox is a South Australian film maker, conservationist and a world authority on the great white shark. In December 1963 he was attacked and badly bitten around the chest and arm while spearfishing. It was one of the world's worst non-fatal shark attacks and his survival was regarded as a miracle.

Wilpena Pound circa 1930 catalogue reference B22397

What's new in archives : Papers of Warren Bonython

Date: 27 February 2014

The late Warren Bonython AO was to become the most renowned walker and modern-day explorer South Australia has known. The son of Sir John Lavington Bonython and Lady Jean Bonython, he graduated from Adelaide University and worked in the chemical industry with ICI Australia for more than two decades, including as manager of the salt fields at Dry Creek in Adelaide's northern suburbs.

Australian Book Review Online March 2014

Your Writers’ Week companion: Australian Book Review Online

Date: 4 March 2014

The Library has been subscribing to Australia's premier literary journal the Australian book review since its first publication in November 1961. For those who aren't familiar with this monthly journal, it publishes book reviews, essays, commentaries and creative writing from around Australia. The early 1960s were a lively time for the arts and literature, because the first appearance of the Australian book review was hot on the heels of the first Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1960.


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