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Sketch of Lola Montez dancing the Spider Dance (cropped) SLSA: B 9422/2

The Skipper Sketchbook featuring Lola Montez

The stories that make us

Artist John Michael Skipper sketched many aspects of colonial South Australia, including the landscape, Adelaide streets, buildings, people, and notable events. Skipper made several sketches...

Art, design, fashion
Clara Serena in character in the opera Samson et Delila (Saint-Saëns 1877). From the Adelaide Festival Centre Performing Arts Collection

Clara Serena: from Lobethal to the London Stage

The stories that make us

Written by Peter Kolomitsev, Audio Preservation It is often said that to make it in the music industry, wanna-be stars need to make it in...

East Adelaide Hotel [B 10927]

Occult powers at the East Adelaide Hotel

The stories that make us

One of the best things about this job is bringing together stories and collection material. This might be for our exhibitions, social media, our websites...

Crime and infamy Hotels and pubs
Newspaper clipping of the The lone barmaid. Sunday Mail

City's lone barmaid

The stories that make us

"CITY'S LONE BARMAID Forty years ago this week, Adelaide stopped registering barmaids. Only one is still on the job, Miss Lily Dear, of the Oriental...

History Hotels and pubs
Penny dreadful Australian dick turpin [Au/19 BOR b]

A Penny Dreadful

The stories that make us

'Penny dreadfuls' was the name given to a range of mass-produced, sensational fiction published in the 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Though not...

Art, design, fashion Children Literature
Toy koala with scarf [clrcri22543752_1]

Meet Keiffee the post-war koala toy

The story of Valerie’s koala

Valerie was busy tidying her things and had to decide what she would do with Keifee the koala, her treasured childhood toy. Three generations of...

Behind the scenes Children