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Watch the talk: Departed spirits, lost pubs of Adelaide

Departed Spirits: Lost pubs of Adelaide

The stories that make us.

Explore the history of Adelaide pubs that were once vibrant, bustling places but are now silent witnesses to the past. Known as the city of...

Stories on-demand
Watch the talk: Young Rupert's Paper Trail

Young Rupert's Paper Trail: Succession, seditions, and power in 1950s Adelaide

The stories that make us.

We invited journalist Walter Marsh to piece together the story of young Rupert Murdoch’s early battles against Adelaide’s conservative establishment. He explores how these formative...

Stories on-demand
Watch the talk 'An endurance of trees'

An endurance of trees

The stories that make us.

Trees have always provided humankind with food, shelter, timber, and respite from summer heat. Over millennia, they have also served as community meeting places and...

Stories from the stacks Stories on-demand
Watch the talk: In plain sight - Twentieth-century LGBTIQA+ writers in our collection

In plain sight: Twentieth century LGBTIQA+ writers in our collections

The stories that make us.

Learn what a recent unusual discovery, by one of our long-term volunteers, tells us about twentieth-century LGBTIQA+ writers in our collections. It was revealed that...

Literature Stories on-demand
Watch the talk: Sowing, Mowing and Growing

Sowing, Mowing and Growing

The stories that make us.

Take you for a stroll through South Australian gardens from colonisation to the 1930s. Early gardening emphasised subsistence but British landscaping styles were soon introduced...

Stories on-demand
Watch the talk: Shame, shock and awful strife

Shame, Shock and Awful Strife in the Holy Village

The stories that make us.

Hear how a lady writer and a fiery preacher raised a ruckus in the City of Churches. You'll discover tales of lavish lifestyles, a riot...

Biography Hotels and pubs Stories on-demand
Open hearts, open minds: Discover the early days of Unitarianism in South Australia

Open hearts, open minds

The stories that make us.

Revealed through diaries, newspapers and memorabilia held in State Library collections, discover the early days of a little known but living faith, Unitarianism. Its motto...

History Stories on-demand
Watch the Debs, Dobs and Doodles talk

Debs, dobs and doodles

The stories that make us.

Something to warm the cockles in the depths of winter. Three presenters put three quirky topics under the spotlight to reveal the diversity of State...

Art, design, fashion History Photography Stories on-demand
Watch the Art and Craft of taxidermy talk

Art and craft of taxidermy

The stories that make us.

Taxidermy was part of the 19 th century interest in natural science sparked by discoveries of scientists such as Charles Darwin. It became something of...

Art, design, fashion Behind the scenes History Stories on-demand
Watch the Maria Gandy talk

Written Out – Maria Gandy: Colonel Light’s lady, Dr Mayo’s wife

The stories that make us.

Maria Gandy was companion to South Australia’s first Surveyor-General and founder of Adelaide, Colonel William Light. She was referred to publicly as his housekeeper and...

Biography History Stories on-demand
Watch the Menus in the collection talk

Double-cut fritz and sauce roll and a cup of tea please

The stories that make us.

What was on the dinner menu at Government House in 1867? Take a look into the history of the wonderful gastronomic world of South Australian...

History Hotels and pubs Stories on-demand