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Digital resource
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For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: (08) 8207 7239

We are offering digital resources designed to support learning and inquiry into personal stories and histories, accessing the rich collections held safely at the State Library of South Australia.

History is made up of many, many stories. Through a variety of multimedia assets, learners are supported to explore the concept of personal histories and ways that people collect, record and share these histories.

Children can study images of historical objects from the State Library's Collections and learn more about the role of their State Library in collecting, preserving and sharing the histories and stories of South Australia. Children are invited to tell their personal story and record their histories on paper in preparation for creating their own special memory boxes to capture their unique stories.

Key inquiry questions 

  • What is my personal story?
  • How is my story the same and different from others?
  • What people, events, activities and places do I care about? Why?

Links with the Australian Curriculum

The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for schools, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences: History, Information Literacy skills and the general capabilities of critical and creative thinking.

Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.

Elements of this resource have been co-designed in partnership with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage young learners.

View the digital resources


Welcome to the State Library
The following 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.


Telling my history
Memories and true stories can be told and passed on from one person to another. Listening to a person speaking about their history or telling someone your history is one way to share and remember information about people, places and events from different perspectives.  


Recording a memory 

Memories are how we keep information about people, places and events in our brain. The State Library stores lots of memories about people, places and events from all over South Australia. Watch how Jake has recorded and told a special memory from when he was young. 


Recording my history 

People record their memories and histories in many ways. The State Library collects many types of recordings including letters, photographs, maps and sound files. Watch to discover how Ely and Hannah have recorded some of their history using words and drawings on paper. 


Archiving my history 

Objects can help us to remember history. The State Library stores lots of objects that help us remember people, places or events in South Australia. These objects are kept in boxes called archival boxes. Watch how Ely, Hannah and Jake start their own archival boxes. 


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


Interested in more of our DIGITISED ONLINE RESOURCES?
Have a look at our Digital Collections under the Toys and Games theme.

How much does using a Digital Resource cost?

All Digital Resources are provided free by the State Library of South Australia and are available for download on the website.
 You are responsible for providing the tools and materials for your activities.

How do I know what to do with or how to use the Digital Resources?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which gives ideas for exploring the concepts and using the tools. 

Do I need to use all the resources?

The resources have been provided as a tool for you in the exploration of the concepts. You are welcome to use those you see as most closely aligning with your teaching plan. 

We would ask that you complete the surveys attached to the Digital Resource you use, to tell us what you found useful. This will enable us to develop the resources further.

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.

Phone: 8207 7239

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

The issue with MS Edge and YouTube video playback is a known issue which Microsoft is supposedly working on.


- Enable Edge Flag "WebRTC Min/Max Video Encode Accelerator dimensions" (it was on Default).
- Disable "Use hardware acceleration when available" from System.
- Switched the Flag back to default.

We suggest you check that your browser is up to date and supported by YouTube >

 OR –  use a different browser. We recommend using Google, Chrome or Safari.

Student engaging in the My History program at the State Library of SA
  • Digital visit

My History Online
Digital visit

History is made up of many, many stories. What is your story? Record your history in a special memory box.