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Summer 2015 - the stories

Desert conquest on the State Library of SA YouTube Channel

YouTube release is a record of how the Ninety-Mile Desert became productive farmlands

Date: 14 December 2015

Desert Conquest is probably the most significant of the 100 films and videos that we have released on YouTube to date. It is a visually powerful account of the Australian Mutual Provident (AMP) Society's Land Development Scheme that, in conjunction with post-war developments in agricultural science, transformed 300,000 acres of the Ninety-Mile Desert in South Australia's Lower South East.

Story Wall at the State Library of South Australia A trunk full of books

Director’s cut

Date: 16 December 2015

I wish to thank every one of our readers for your interest in and support of the State Library throughout the last year. We exist to care for the memories of and to provide services to the people of South Australia. It gives all of us at the Library great heart to know that so many of you visit us both here on North Terrace and online.

Unloading Mail at Outer Harbour South Australia PRG 280 1 12 264

Ruminations about communications: Australia’s experiences

Date: 14 December 2015

England's Colonisation Commissioners were successful project managers. Their settlement of South Australia had many logistical challenges, especially the slow communication between the colony and London.

Josephine Dundon Volunteer Ambassador in the Symons Library

Through the eyes of a volunteer – Sir Josiah Symon’s Library

Date: 14 December 2015

Tucked away high up in the back of the beautiful Mortlock Wing, the jewel of our Library, is the crown of that jewel - Sir Josiah Symon's Library. After all, Josiah was the name of an ancient Jewish king!

Tom Gilbert garlanded with flowers after a traditional Indian workplace farewell 1916 PRG 266 11 1 10

Transcribing Tales: From Pewsey Vale to Poona: the letters of Thomas Gilbert

Date: 14 December 2015

Beginning at the tender age of nine years while boarding at St Peter's College, Tom Gilbert regularly wrote home to his family, continuing while he was at Cambridge University, working in India, and serving in World War One. Home was the magnificent Pewsey Vale estate in the Eden Valley, famous for wool, wine and racehorses.

Institute Building image by Phillip Handforth

Awards all round for your State Library

Date: 16 December 2015

The awards keep rolling in for the State Library. Once again we've landed ourselves on 'a most beautiful libraries list', while the restoration of our historic Institute Building has also been recognised.

The tiny mark next to the word JACOTIN is the smallest book in the collections

The odd couple

Date: 14 December 2015

So here I am, small and insignificant but I hold a special place in the library's collection. Yes, I am little, so small you could miss me but I have a friend, he's much bigger than me and lives over in the Rare Book Room.

Story Wall at SLSA Colonel William Light announces the opening of the Story Wall

Story Wall @ SLSA - Taking the Library from the inside – outside!

Date: 16 December 2015

The State Library of South Australia is buzzing with excitement with the official launch of our Story Wall. The buzz has extended beyond the Library with an unprecedented response from the community and media. The news even reached the shores of the United States of America through the American Libraries Association.


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