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Until Sunday 27 November 2022
Monday to Tuesday: 8am to 7pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 5pm
Closed public holidays
Treasures Wall, Spence Wing (Level 1)
Free entry
Our partners

Immerse yourself in 145 years of great moments and achievements of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) in this exhibition, Our Footy, Our People, Our Stories. The State Library is pleased to be partnering with the SANFL History Centre to bring this part of South Australia’s sporting history alive.

See highlights of the History Centre’s huge collection, including medals, posters, photographs, guernseys, trophies, film and video, fan memorabilia and a seven metre photograph of Adelaide Oval. The State Library will complement this material by including items from the library’s collections. Highlights include two Magarey Medals donated by the families of the 1929 winner Bob Snell, and Max Pontifex who won in 1932, as well as images from the Ken Farmer scrapbooks.

Russell Ebert kicking a football
Russell Ebert, South Australian Football Budget, 16 May 1977.

The State Library and SANFL, through the History Centre, share a common goal to collect and preserve the history of South Australia. Together the exhibition tells the stories that provide an insight into the social history of South Australia.

Many of us enjoy the rivalry of the SANFL but now we come together to explore and cherish the history of the competition, the characters, colour and controversy of the last 145 years.

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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.

SANFL design your own footy team uniform
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Design your own Footy team uniform

Family fun

Until 27 November 2022

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Free, no bookings required

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Why Football?

Presented by SANFL History Committee

Wednesday 5 October 2022

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Free, bookings essential