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Did you know that the State Library of South Australia is where our stories come alive? A place where we can reflect upon our identities, preserve our memories, and gather our knowledge. The State Library has significant collections, including unique South Australian materials which cover the colonial era.


  • What are the stories about South Australia’s History?
  • Where can we find stories about how South Australia became a colony?
  • Where has South Australian history been recorded?
  • What are the stories held in the State Library?
  • Why did South Australia become a colony?
  • Who were the people involved?
  • How did this impact Aboriginal people?
  • How has South Australia changed over time?
  • Why has it changed?


The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for schools, with particular emphasis on the learning areas of HASS, and the general capabilities of literacy, critical and creative thinking, information literacy and intercultural understanding

The State Library has significant collections, including unique South Australian materials which cover the colonial era.

Check on the More to Explore tab to find links to related resources.


Please assist us by completing the appropriate survey after you have used our digital resources.



This 'Welcome Video' is for young learners and educators. It provides an overview of the role of the State Library of South Australia in collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of the state. Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the areas in the library and the work that we do.


Java Poster1
Java Poster 2

Life of emigration

South Australia: the port and town of Adelaide
Adelaide: Kingston Map

Plan of the City of Adelaide

Government House
Adelaide Gaol

Bank of South Australia

South Australian School Society

Congregational Chapel

Trinity Church

View from Mount Lofty, looking towards the Port, across the Adelaide Plains

City of Adelaide, from the Torrens near the Reed Beds

City of Adelaide: looking South-East

Kaurna people, Adelaide

Letter from Rosina (Mrs William) Ferguson
Transcript of letter from Rosina (Mrs William) Ferguson

What is the cost of using a Digital Resource?

All State Library Digital Resources are provided free of charge.

Any additional tools and materials to complement the experience are provided by the school.

General Information

Access Guides for each Digital Resource from the program page on the Library website 

How do I use the Digital Resource?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which outlines curriculum links and learning processes and resources. These ideas can be adopted, adapted or used as a springboard to  innovate and develop our own program.

What can I do if the videos don't work?

We recommend using browsers Chrome, Edge or Safari

How can I provide feedback?

We value your feedback and invite you to complete the short survey linked through the QR code on the Guide for your Digital Resource. This will enable us to further develop programs.

Is there someone I can speak to about the resources if I need assistance?

For any questions regarding the resources, please reach out to the Community Learning Team.

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My History
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Access Digital Resources of your State Library to support inquiry into how personal histories and memories can be kept and shared.

Playful Past Digital Resource - Clockwork Beetle CLRCR i1584642
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A Playful Past
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Access Digital Resources to discover stories about play and explore the historical toys and games from the State Library’s collections. 

Bob the Railway Dog-My Community
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My community
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This Digital Resource invites learners to explore their own community through engagement with State Library resources.