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

At the archival coalface: John S. Chappel collection

The stories that make us

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

The stories that make us

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

The stories that make us

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

The stories that make us

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

The stories that make us

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

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