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

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About the presenter

Isabel Story, Community Engagement Librarian

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As part of Nature Festival, this program tells the stories of some iconic and mighty South Australian trees and their local communities.   

Trees have always provided humankind with food, shelter, timber, and respite from summer heat. Over millennia they have also served as community meeting places and landmarks to guide travellers.  

From the beginning of South Australian settlement, trees have been used for good and ill, as dwellings, landmarks and as places of both celebration and punishment. Trees have been an integral part of local history from Proclamation in 1836 and the very public hanging of the man who shot the sheriff, to church meetings, weddings, parties and picnics. Trees have seen it all and some have endured despite it all. If only they could speak. 

Image: North Terrace, Adelaide c1930 SLSA B 5542

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?

The Mortlock Chamber may close for private events, check our opening hours for any closure times.

When it is open 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 is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.

An endurance of trees

Live and learn event in 2019

Live and Learn

Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, and access to special items from the collections of the State Library.

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