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Tea party in the bush B 69727_198

Oh, you do make the most delightful tea!

Tea. Who hasn’t gasped for a cuppa at the end of a busy day? Tea is the world’s most consumed drink, besides water. Just saying...

Donald Both demonstration the portable iron lung. SLSA: PRG 1776/2/20

The amazing inventions of the Both Brothers

The stories that make us

When it comes to inventors, South Australians punch well above their weight, however many of their achievements are largely unknown outside the state, let alone...

Any time is holiday time, tourism poster, 1938. SLSA ZPL 0532

Any time is holiday time

The stories that make us

Summer is traditionally holiday season, when we pack up and drive, sail, fly or ride the rails to catch up with family and friends or...

Algie's Romance, still one. SLSA: B 71527/1

Algie’s Romance, a 'lost' film

The stories that make us

Librarians love a research query challenge and finding the story behind the following four photographs in the Library’s digital collection has been keeping one of...

Note from a mother to a teacher, asking for her daughter to be put on the tram

Please put Wendy on the tram...

The stories that make us

At the State Library, we are always busy sleuthing and looking for things in the collection, and on occasion, we find something other than the...

Behind the scenes
Sister Janet Mead standing near a tree.

Vale Sister Janet Mead

State Library staff were saddened by the death of Sister Janet Mead after a short tussle with cancer at the age of 84. While known...

Bullfrog toy savings bank (SLSA: clrcri15835224-1)

The two bullfrogs - A curious mechanical savings bank

The stories that make us

What is that?? This rather grotesque-looking object is a mechanical savings bank in the shape of two frogs, the design for which was patented by...

The ECOmmodore is the first hybrid-electric vehicle developed by an Australian automotive manufacturer. SLSA: BRG 213/199/5/2A/4

20 years ahead of its time - Australia’s own green car

The stories that make us

These days talk of climate change and reducing greenhouse emissions is commonplace, but did you know that over twenty years ago Australia was busily developing...

History Innovation
B 70024/45/crop

Christmas away, when thoughts turn to home

The stories that make us

The COVID19 pandemic has been especially hard for millions across the world who have been separated from the people and places they cherish. This article...

Children Christmas History