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Lord Horatio Nelson's letter to Thomas Lloyd. SLSA: 941.073 N426

Real or fake: Lord Nelson's letter written in 1798

The stories that make us

For a long time, a large brown envelope with a crayoned inscription lay in the back of the special collection’s stacks. The inscription read, ‘Nelson...

Behind the scenes Biography History
Radio club badges and pins, clrc, slsa: box no. 177

Don't touch that dial! Children’s radio club badges and pins

The stories that make us

It might seem strange, but sometimes historical items are literally picked up off the ground. This collection of children’s radio club badges and pins was...

Children
Flower painting by Rosa Fiveash, SLSA: PRG 403/3/3/32

Captured Flowers

The capture of South Australia’s wildflowers and plants in paintings and sketches began early in the colony’s history. Flower painting was considered an acceptable genteel...

History
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...

Children
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...

Photography