To keep our staff and customers safe we will continue to follow the physical distancing, building capacity limits and increased hygiene practises outlined by the State Government in their roadmap to recovery. When entering the Library and the Friends bookshop please make sure you sanitise your hands at the sanitiser stations provided. Bookings are essential for events.
Library's Live & Learn Series Celebrating the Personal Life of Sir Charles Todd
Image: Charles and Alice Todd, c1855. SLSA: B 69996/9
When: Tuesday, 16 August 2022, 11am - 12.30pm & 5.30pm - 6.30pm Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia Cost: Free - Bookings Essential
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Overland Telegraph that linked Australia to the world. Charles Todd is arguably South Australia’s greatest and most beloved public servant. Born in England in 1826, the young Charles found his calling while working at the Greenwich Observatory. Headhunted by the South Australian Government to develop electric telegraphy, Charles arrived in Adelaide with his young wife Alice in 1855. Through State Library collections and Trove, we look behind Todd’s working life to discover the stories of his personal life in the Adelaide community including church, chess and cricket circles. Our slideshow traces his haunts in Adelaide and reveals his strong connections with the State Library.
Shared Event with the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library - visiting speaker Tim Bullamore, "A date with .... Your Obituary Writer"
When: Thursday, 25 August 2022, 1.00pm - 2.00pm Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia Cost: General Admission $10 | Students Free
Have you ever wondered who gets an obituary in the press ? Why they are chosen? How they are written? What the writer is looking for? Where the material comes from? And which ones are written in advance? International visiting speaker Tim Bullamore from the UK has been writing obituaries for leading newspapers for almost 30 years. He has written obituaries of the good and the bad, the rich and famous, the quirky and unusual, as well as household names, royalty, celebrities and establishment figures - including a number of Australians. This entertaining talk reveals some insights into the art of obituary writing and provides some memorable anecdotes from the dead centre of the newspaper. A Friends of the State Library event in partnership with the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library. Proceeds will be shared between the two Friends associations to support their respective Library.
When: Tuesday, 6 September 2022, 11am - 12pm Where: Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library of South Australia Cost: FREE
Liz studied architecture at Melbourne University in the 1970s when the need to protect Melbourne's inner suburbs was just gaining recognition. During her 4 month long “Grand Tour of Italy” part-way through her degree, Liz realised that Australia’s much more recent European built heritage was just as valuable and interesting yet under greater threat. We have a lot to protect here!! She is a passionate advocate of heritage in Australia and Asia as a practicing architect, author, and teacher.
Liz's well-known Streetwise series - three books focusing on the management of change in heritage cities and towns in Asia and Australia - were textbooks for her teaching at Hong Kong University and in Malaysia.
Liz was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2009 and was a Getty scholar in Los Angeles in 2016. She received the 2020 Institute of Architects South Australian Presidents’ Medal and is currently a member of the Australian Heritage Council. Liz will talk about books which have influenced her along the way, starting with The Little House when she was five.
A Friends of the State Library event in partnership with the State Library of South Australia.
When: Thursday, 8 September 2022, 10.15am - 11.15am Where: Level 2, Mortlock Wing South, State Library of South Australia Cost: $10 Be quick - maximum of 20 bookings!
Come to this long-overdue and unmissable tour of the Royal Geographical Society conducted by its Immediate Past-President Rod Shearing. Cost will be $10 as a donation for future gifts to the Library. Please book your ticket now as numbers are limited. On 8 September, please assemble on Level 2 of the Mortlock Library just before 10.15am.