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Tuesday 7 June 2022
11am to 12pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

Dr Stephen Carthew, founder of The Wilkins Foundation

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Join us for this month's Books in My Life, a monthly talk given by various influential/intellectuals' given by Friends of the State Library.

Dr Stephen Carthew is the founder of The Wilkins Foundation. This talk will focus on the literature connected to his past interests and enthusiasms ... and ultimately will reveal some remarkable connections to his current research about the mysterious and enigmatic Australian explorer Sir George Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958) who was a Sensitive New Age Guy (SNAG) long before the term became fashionable.

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Dr Stephen Carthew

Dr Stephen Carthew was born in Melbourne in 1947. From 1951 to 1955 he was with his family in London where he witnessed the Coronation, the first television commercial and early episodes of Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men.

A fortuitous meeting with a member of the South Australian Museum led Stephen to engaging with the story of Australian explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins. Stephen had been reading, even preaching, from the same book which Wilkins had studied for the last 17 years of his life. This connection with the Wilkins story was so strong that Stephen initiated a group interested in Wilkins; this led to his founding The Wilkins Foundation, and becoming a historian focused on the inner life of this fascinating and enigmatic Australian, who Stephen describes as ‘the most interesting Australian ever.’ 

Stephen will bring some books with him that align with his biography: ‘Certain books accompanied, and even led me to, this stage in my life’. These are indeed ‘the books of my life’.

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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?

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A Tuesday Talk - Books in my life by Stephen Carthew

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A Tuesday Talk

Come and hear about the reading journeys of well known South Australians as part of this monthly series.

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