Whats On at the State Library
Whats On at the State Library
Forecourt, State Library of South Australia
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.
 

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

It’s official!  The State Library of South Australia is a winner!

We have just received official recognition that the State Library is one of the State’s hot spots in the popularity stakes, with a Certificate of Excellence for consistently earning outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. 

This prestigious award is based on the quality of reviews and opinions earned over the past year.  You can read all about it on TripAdvisor but why not experience our hospitality first hand and join us for a free tour with our friendly ambassadors. 

Come in and make yourself at home, let us show you that the State Library is truly a jewel in South Australia’s cultural crown.


Victorian Piano Doll

This exquisite Victorian ‘piano doll’ (pictured above), 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.

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Recreated 17th Century Prayer Book
The OIDFA 16th World Lace Congress

This international congress for lace-makers, lace enthusiasts and collectors is being held in Adelaide from 18 to 20 July.  This is only the second time this congress has been held outside of Europe. 

The Library is participating with a small display of items from our collection, including the17th Century prayer book which has been exquisitely recreated. 

Items from the South Australian Lace Guild will also be on display in theTreasures Wall area. 

There will be exhibitions at Adelaide University and sessions at various venues on North Terrace.


 
Doc Neeson   Jim Keays

Never too old to rock and roll!

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.

Read a tribute to these rock legends.


Tiger Simpson in uniform Penneshaw, c. 1915 courtesy of the 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 Heart, and Tiger’s Hill. They are all named for (or by) Stamford Wallace ‘Tiger’ Simpson, sometimes known as ‘Anzac’.

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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 search is continuing for these valuable pieces of our social history.

Can you help us....

 


Image of the Governor and staff at Adelaide Gaol
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.

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Imagine transcribing this? Charles Henry Johnston’s 1872-73 diary (D 7265) was transcribed by a family descendant as a labour of love
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 I have discovered that unbeknownst to the Library, family historians and other researchers are also quietly transcribing our archival documents on their own behalf.

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Basement storage - State Library of South Australia
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.

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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).

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Alan Smith, Gov. of SA, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Friends President, Elizabeth Hambly, and French Ambassador to Australia, M Stephane Romatet.
News from the Friends

The Friends of the State Library have certainly been keeping themselves busy.

Check out what they've been up to...


 
In this issue Winter 2014
Director's Cut
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
Victorian Piano Doll
The OIDFA 16th World Lace Congress
Never too old to rock and roll!
Toponymy and the Dudley Tiger
Wanted: South Australia's Missing Newspapers
The Good, the Bad and the Barely Believable
Transcribing Tales - In your own write
New legal deposit library guide
Online Projects Milestone
News from the Friends
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Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt

5 August 2014 - 19 October 2014

Institute Building, State Library of South Australia

10.00am-5.00pm daily (except public holidays).

The small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs. 

The exhibition showcases a selection of the photographs as handmade traditional darkroom prints and draws on the Australian War Memorial's own collections to tell the story of these men in their own voices.

In tandem with this exhibition the State Library Treasures Wall will feature South Australians and World War I. Fascinating items from the State Library’s collection will show how South Australians contributed to the war effort at home and abroad.