Carolyn Spooner, Community Engagement Librarian
William Herbert Edmunds created exquisite hand drawn maps of Adelaide, the suburbs and the hills, and some country localities – such as Bagot’s Well, Clare, Port Victor and Mt Gambier. The State Library’s Map Collection preserves 18 of these maps, which date from 1914 to 1940. See these maps in all their glory in a talk and slideshow, which also reveals the man behind the maps in his other lives as soldier and sportsman. WH Edmunds became interested in mapping during the South African War with the 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen. Joining the Survey Department he produced the state’s first topographic map in 1914. His touristy road maps were produced on his weekends and in retirement.
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To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing and recommended hygiene guidelines outlined by the State Government COVID-19 regulations.
When entering the library, please sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided.
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 is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturdays from 12 to 4pm.