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S.S. Ferret Ashore at Reef Head, near Cape Spencer, 1920. SLSA: B 7223
  • Story

A ship, a strong rope and some strange coincidences

30 June 2020

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

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State Library forecourt and Spence Wing entrance
  • Media release

Protecting South Australia’s digital future

29 June 2020

You cannot put a price on what South Australian stories and ephemera lie within the basement of the State Library of South Australia. Irreplaceable...

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State Library forecourt and Spence Wing entrance
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We are open, find out what has changed

10 June 2020

The State Library is open! We’ve compiled some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the library reopening under current Government COVID-19...

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A pile of New York Times newspapers. Photo by Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg via Getty images
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Free access to the New York Times and Britannica ImageQuest 31 July 2020

27 May 2020

The New York Times, through Proquest, has given State Library of South Australia customers temporary onsite and remote access to their database of...

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Tanami map after treatment
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Bringing life back to the Tanami goldfield map

26 May 2020

Conservation Officer, Amalia, has been performing treatments on selected collection items in a home studio since the State Library temporarily closed...

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Wine labels from the State Library collection
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Not just a wine bottle

26 May 2020

Think about a moment celebrated with that special bottle of wine. Whether it was a Sparkling Rhine Gold or Grange Hermitage, a reminder of that moment...

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Self portrait sketch by Anne Marie Sinclair
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Sketch reflections from my workplace

8 May 2020

Anne Marie is one of our Customer Contact Team, and has been missing work since the State Library doors were temporarily closed in March. Anne Marie...

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Librarian assisting a customer [B 72589/3]
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Have a question? Ask Us!

6 May 2020

We, librarians, are a tenacious lot, and so it will take more than the temporary closure of our beautiful buildings to keep us from answering your...

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Former East Adelaide Hotel, Adelaide, 1942. SLSA; B 10927
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Occult powers at the East End Hotel

6 May 2020

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

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Remember my story - COVID-19
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State Library captures COVID-19!

1 May 2020

The State Library of South Australia has always held the position of custodian and preserver of the State’s stories. Through this the identity of who...

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State Library forecourt and Spence Wing entrance
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State Library temporarily closes doors but not online resources

25 March 2020

Message from the Director From Wednesday 25 March the State Library of South Australia, along with other cultural institutions the South Australian...

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Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - wallpaper
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2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Winners Announced

2 March 2020

Queensland author Jessica Townsend has been awarded the coveted Premier’s Award at this year’s Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. As the state’s...

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