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12 July to 4 August 2019
Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 8pm
Thursday and Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Treasures Wall
Free entry

Seen through the eyes of Australians en route to the First World War, this exhibition shows Egypt as it was one hundred years ago. In capturing new experiences these amateur photographers inadvertently documented Egyptian urban and rural environments that have disappeared or changed over time. Discover images of street vendors, monuments, a vast military camp in front of the pyramids, palaces converted into hospitals, and Australians and Egyptians working together. These photographs show often tranquil scenes amidst war and sorrow. 

First exhibited in Cairo and Alexandria, this is the first time the exhibition has been shown in Australia. It features reinterpretations of historical photos from a workshop led by Egyptian artists Shady El Noshokaty and Eman Elbana, who will be guests of the exhibition. Presented by the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), and curated by Anne-Marie Willis, Visiting Professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Adelaide. 

This exhibition is supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) of the University of Adelaide.

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 Wing is via the lift in the glass foyer entrance of the library.

Access to the Institute Building is via the external ramp on the Kintore Ave entrance or via the internal ramp between the Institute Building and the Spence Wing (opposite the Treasures Wall).

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 Wing and Treasures Wall are venues for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check our Open Hours for any venue closures on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.

Is there a cafe at the State Library?

There is a cafe located in the back of the glass foyer at the State Library. View more information about the cafe and tenants.