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4 May, 2021
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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Through an eclectic life, books have been Stephen Scammell's constant companions.

After legal training in Adelaide Stephen saw the light and travelled widely, mapping Turkey for fly-drive vacations, co-founding a yachting company and participating in elephant darting & radio-collaring projects in Zimbabwe before resuming conventional employment in Australia with General Motors. There followed real estate development in Queensland, 25 years in mining companies with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa & the Americas, and the initiation of a training program now in worldwide use to upskill GPs to detect and treat skin cancer.

Inaugural chairman of the Wilkins Foundation whose objects are to burnish the name of the great South Australian Sir Hubert George Wilkins and to ‘Unlock Your Inner Explorer’, Stephen serves on several advisory boards, plays golf & bridge badly, body-surfs passably for one in his eighth decade, and lives vicariously through the exploits of his three US-based sons.

A Friends of the State Library of South Australia event


To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery. When entering the library please make sure you sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided. Bookings are essential.

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.

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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.

I can’t attend the event, how do I cancel my registration?

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View Eventbrite's guides for how to cancel your free registration or request a refund

Gouger Collection

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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