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Arthur family members SLSA BRG347/2019

Arthur Studio Collection

The stories that make us

One of the State Library’s most significant photographic collections came from ‘Arthur and Son studio’ which operated in Mount Gambier from 1904 to 1989. The...

A cropped image from the book - A manual of the Mollusca: a treatise on recent and fossil shells

A borrowed book returned to the State Library over 100 years later

The stories that make us

This book has a fascinating history. It was borrowed from the Adelaide Circulating Library more than 100 years ago by a young Lawrence Bragg, who...

Behind the scenes
Park Lodge Apartments on South Terrace, Adelaide [SLSA BRG 346/29/149/6]

At the archival coalface: John S. Chappel collection

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One of the projects on the go in the State Library Archival Collections team is centred around the John S. Chappel Collection (BRG 346). The...

Architecture Behind the scenes
SS 'Admella'. SLSA B 41900

Admella Shipwreck reward and relief fund

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A shipwreck in 1859 The SS Admella was an iron-hulled ship that was on its way from Adelaide to Melbourne when it hit a reef...

Horse drawn float featured in an Australia Day Parade, Pirie Street, Adelaide 1920. SLSA: PRG 280/1/39/11

Australia Day in South Australia

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Public debate around the celebration of Australia Day on 26 January has continued to grow in recent times. Originally, the date of 26 January was...

Wooden Noah's Ark toy, circa 1920. Part of the Children's Literature Research Collection.

The tale of an ark, a wounded soldier and an Adelaide school

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When the Library was recently offered a wooden Noah’s Ark we recognised straight away there was something special and appealing about this toy. As we...

Behind the scenes
S.S. Ferret Ashore at Reef Head, near Cape Spencer, 1920. SLSA: B 7223

A ship, a strong rope and some strange coincidences

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In October 1880, the S.S. Ferret is chartered in Glasgow by several men desiring to take a Mediterranean pleasure cruise. Built-in Glasgow originally for use...

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

The Skipper Sketchbook featuring Lola Montez

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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