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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or birds of paradise and Ptilonorhynchidae, or bower-birds. R Bowdler Sharpe (1891-1898)

Though rarely afforded the attention of his contemporary John Gould, Richard Bowdler Sharpe was an accomplished ornithologist in his own right, and his contribution to the field was nothing short of astounding.  He was born in London in 1847 and cared for by his aunt who kept a preparatory school at Brighton.  Sharpe passed three […]

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Views in the city of Adelaide. George John Freeman and Edward James Wivell (1874)

The Views of the city of Adelaide is a massive album, measuring almost 130 cm wide when open, containing 29 photographs.  Published in 1874, its sepia prints depict some of the city’s grandest buildings and beautifully capture people going about their daily affairs.  With photography by George Freeman and Edward Wivell, the album is an […]

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Petticoats & Saddlebags: timelines of early women explorers, 1700-1900

If you are looking for something to help you celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, why not come on by the library and visit our latest exhibition, Petticoats & Saddlebags: timelines of early women explorers, 1700-1900. This exhibition showcases the achievements of several women explorers who, in spite of the perceived limitations of […]

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Bowker’s Revolutionary Electric Car

With the Adelaide 500 starting today we thought it was an excellent opportunity to share an article from this 1942 issue of the ‘Electrical and Engineering Review,’ featuring a new electric car! (Pictured here in a “model for Milady”) You can find the article on our Digital Archive The “revolutionary” electric car was designed by […]

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