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Spitfire and Bomber Squadron booklet

Make your own Spitfire and Bomber squadron

The stories that make us

We’ve recreated this striking cut-out model builder booklet so you can build your own bomber squadron base and experience what it would have been like...

Dressed in their working aprons the taxidermists complete the tiger SLSA PRG 631/2/365

The tiger and the taxidermists

The stories that make us

Did you know that this photograph taken in the basement of the Mortlock Wing of the State Library shows one of the largest tigers ever...

Behind the scenes History
Passengers disembarking at Port Misery, South Australia

How our State Library began as a trunk full of donated books

The stories that make us

The story of the founding of the State Library begins in the 1830s in London, where Robert Gouger was lobbying the British Government to found...

Behind the scenes History Literature
Adelaide ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest, King William Street [SLSA: PRG 1763/1/9]

Capturing the present for future generations

The stories that make us

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand” Ansel Adams Over the past few years the State Library of South Australia has been adding to...


A legal constraint: the case of the corset

In 1904 there were two makers of WB corsets. The English firm William Pretty and Sons made the WB Correct Form Corset for an American...

Art, design, fashion History
Book cover - Madam Tussauds book of victorian masks - featuring Raphael Tuck face masks

Which character will you be?

Raphael Tuck Face Masks

Here are some fun masks that are a bit more jovial than the medical ones we’ve all been using lately. The history behind the masks...