Carolyn Spooner, Community Engagement Librarian
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Overland Telegraph that linked Australia to the world.
Charles Todd is arguably South Australia’s greatest and most beloved public servant.
Born in England in 1826, the young Charles found his calling while working at the Greenwich Observatory. Headhunted by the South Australian Government to develop electric telegraphy, Charles arrived in Adelaide with his young wife Alice in 1855.
Through State Library collections and Trove, we look behind Todd’s working life to discover the stories of his personal life in the Adelaide community including church, chess and cricket circles. Our slideshow traces his haunts in Adelaide and reveals his strong connections with the State Library.
Image: Charles and Alice Todd, c1855. SLSA: B 69996/9
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.
Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, and access to special items from the collections of the State Library.