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9 August to 27 October 2019
Monday to Wednesday: 10am to 8pm
Thursday and Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm

(closed public holidays)
Treasures Wall
Free entry

South Australian life in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s

The son of legendary cricketer and keen amateur filmmaker and photographer, Clarrie Grimmett, Vic was a keen photographer from a young age. After four years with the RAAF in Europe during WWII, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Vic returned to Adelaide and his job in the public service. He soon realised that this wasn’t the life for him, and he turned to his hobby of photography, hoping one day to become a professional.  Within a few months, he was taking pictures for the Australian women’s weekly. During his forty years behind the camera, Vic photographed fashion, sports, arts festivals, opening nights, television personalities and nearly two thousand weddings.

Before his passing in 2017 Vic donated his archive of over 250,000 images to the State Library. This exhibition, showing South Australian life in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, is a testament to both his work ethic and his skill as a photographer. 

View the digital exhibition 

View the exhibition's digital collection.

You can also view the Vic Grimmett collection on our catalogue, more items will be added as they are digitised and described.


Image caption: Vic Grimmett, Wedding of Larissa Unkin, daughter of Grygor and Julia Unkin, and Roman Stawowyj at St Patrick's Church, Adelaide, on 20 August 1955, PRG 1662/1/39/5

South Australian photography

The State Library has an extensive South Australian photographs collection, or you might like to explore more of our South Australiana collection.

Want to know more about Photography?

The State Library subscribes to PressReader which has 38 titles dedicated to Photography. If you are a South Australian resident you can even access PressReader from home by joining the State Library and registering for a card and home access to eResources.



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?

Our café is temporarily closed...But something exciting is on its way!! Please excuse our mess and noise while we refurbish the café to make your experience better. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Follow our socials for updates: