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We are pleased to announce that due to popular demand, the Our footy, our people, our stories: 145 years of the SANFL exhibition has now been extended to Sunday 27 November 2022. This exhibition is a partnership between the State Library of South Australia and the SANFL History Centre.

A huge success with visitors of all ages the extension of the exhibition gives further opportunity for people to immerse themselves in 145 years of great moments and achievements of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Photos of football players on display
Image by photographer Sarah Reed, 2022.

While the football season is over for another year, there is still plenty of action to see at the Library with many hours of video highlights of SANFL football, including grand finals, interstate games and Magarey Medal telecasts, and some never-before-seen match footage.

Other exhibition highlights include:

  • a seven-metre wide panoramic Showdown photo at Adelaide Oval
  • a sketchbook from GW Cox jewellers showcasing their Magarey Medal designs dating back to 1932
  • the phenomenal contribution and evolution of women’s football
  • rare items from the SANFL History Centre’s vast collection, including medals, posters, photographs, trophies and fan memorabilia.

The State Library has complemented this material by including items from the library’s collections. Featured are 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 scrapbooks of goalkicking icon Ken Farmer.

Open daily in the State Library’s Treasures Wall, the exhibition is free.