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Tuesday 18 April 2023
11am - 11:55am
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground floor)
Free, bookings essential

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About the presenter

Mark Gilbert, Exhibitions Librarian

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the State Library of South Australia:
Phone: 82077250

What was on the dinner menu at Government House in 1867?
Take a look into the history of the wonderful gastronomic world of South Australian restaurant menus.

The State Library’s extensive menu collection ranges from our oldest South Australian menu through to beautifully designed menus of the mid-20th century, to menus of contemporary cafes and restaurants. The collection holds the history of changing trends in food, dining, restaurants, menu design, and reflects the social history of the time.

The talk will also show some of the restaurants and hotels in which South Australians dined.

Image: Ceylon Hut, Adelaide, 1968. SLSA: SRG 896/6/1

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.

Double-cut fritz and sauce roll and a cup of tea please

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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