Carolyn Spooner, Community Engagement Librarian
South Australia's maritime history and shipping memorabilia is explored in a slideshow of stunning images from the State Library of South Australia’s collections including photographs, lantern slides, shipboard diaries, rare books, menus and children’s toys.
Your forebears may have emigrated on the City of Adelaide clipper ship or maybe your family took the Gulf Trip on MV Moonta—if so revive some memories with us. In stormy seas we discover the wrecked SS Admella and the Star of Greece. In gentler waters you will encounter rivercraft from paddle steamers to Popeye, and revisit childhood memories of classic books on boating.
In more recent times we learn about the wonderful Paul McGuire Maritime Library and its local donors.
Image: Postcard of the Largs Bay jetty circa 1908. SLSA: B 34759
To keep our staff and customers safe we continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government.
When entering the State Library check-in either by:
* scanning the QR code using the COVID-Safe Check-in app or
* completing the contract tracing form and placing it in the box provided.
Please wear a mask and sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided.
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 by St Raphaels located on the ground floor in the glass foyer.
What is Eventbrite?
At the State Library we use Eventbrite for our event and program registrations. When you register for an event or program, you will be asked to provide your name and email address. Eventbrite will then prompt you to create a password so that you can manage your bookings. For information about what happens to your contact details please view our privacy statement.
How do I book into an event, tour or program?
Find the event, tour or program you would like to book. On the page about the event, tour or program you will notice a yellow button called 'Book now' as well as registration cart on the page.
Choose the number of tickets you need then follow the prompts by filling in your details. We use Eventbrite at the State Library for our event and education programs.
Discover our collections through monthly themed presentations that include stories, slides, and access to special items from the collections of the State Library.