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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: 74246121

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.

Welcome to the State Library of South Australia with Auslan (for the years Foundation to year 6 school students)

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. 


Image: Rabbit fur koala CLRCR  i22543752


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.

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.