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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 in South Australia. The English firm William Pretty and Sons made the WB Correct Form Corset...

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...

A crop of page 11 of Burton's Whaling Journal

Whaling Voyage Journal from 1830s - a significant find

The stories that make us

Little did our research librarians know that a suggested change to an item description on our Digital Collections website would lead to such a significant...

Behind the scenes History Shipping