Scots-born historian Bill Murray had childhood dreams of becoming a professional soccer player but the need to wear glasses put paid to that. Arriving in Australia as a teenager, he spent several years selling petrol for the Shell company before retraining as a teacher and attending the University of Adelaide in his twenties. Scholarships followed and a PhD on the right-wing press in France during the Revolution paved the way to a lectureship in French history at Latrobe University where he spent the rest of his academic career.
Bill did not ignore his football and played first-division soccer for several clubs in Adelaide as well as Australian Rules football while working for Shell in Port Lincoln.
As a historian, Bill ranged well beyond his academic specialty, publishing two books of documents on Australian history, as well as writing on the life and politics of Robert Burns, and the religious warfare of industrial Scotland.
A founder member of the Australian Society for Sports History, Bill has published The Old Firm: sectarianism, sport and society in Scotland, a study of the rivalry between Orange, Masonic and Unionist Glasgow Rangers and Catholic Irish Glasgow Celtic and The World’s Game: a history of soccer. With fellow Scot (Roy Hay) he is the author of two histories of Australian soccer.
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How do I get to the State Library by public transport?
The 'State Library, Art Gallery, Museum' tram-stop is just outside the State Library. There are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace. The closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.
You can plan your journey via Adelaide Metro.
Is there car parking near the State Library?
The nearest car park is Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, next to David Jones.
There is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.
Where is the wheelchair and stroller access?
Access to the Spence Wing first floor and the Mortlock Chamber is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.
There is on-street disabled parking available in the nearby roads. View more information and maps of Adelaide City Council's Disability parking for permit holders.
How do I check if the Mortlock Chamber is open when I plan to visit?
You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays. The upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas.
Is there a cafe at the State Library?
Yes, the State Library Cafe by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.
What is Eventbrite?
At the State Library we use Eventbrite for our event and program registrations. When you register for an event or program, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. Eventbrite will then prompt you to create a password so that you can manage your bookings. For information about what happens to your contact details please view our privacy statement.
How do I book into an event, tour or program?
Find the event, tour or program you would like to book. On the page about the event, tour or program you will notice a yellow button called 'Book now' as well as registration cart on the page.
Choose the number of tickets you need then follow the prompts by filling in your details. We use Eventbrite at the State Library for our event and education programs.