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The Great Picnic: 100 years since the Spanish Flu in Adelaide

In 1919 the Spanish Flu finally hit Australia’s shores. The epidemic had originally started in 1918, borne around the world by soldiers returning from WWI. During the course of the outbreak it affected 500 million people and claimed more lives than those killed in the Great War. Also known as ‘pneumonic influenza’, it initially caused […]

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100 years on – Adelaide University Magazine

In September 1918 the Adelaide University Magazine was first published. The editorial of the first volume cited the need for a student magazine, to help provide a voice to the students, as well as to encourage a community that many felt the University missed out on due to the lack of residential colleges. It was […]

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The lost speech of Sir Thomas Elder and the death of a Secretary

The tragedy of William Kinmont In 1891 the 24-year old William Kinmont left his native Scotland to try his luck in the dominions. A recent M.A. graduate from the University of Edinburgh, William had distinguished himself as Senior President of the Students’ Representative Council and editor of the student magazine. Armed with excellent references, he […]

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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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Mustaches of the University of Adelaide

Last month people around Australia were raising money for the Movember Foundation who are working to support Men’s Health. We thought it would be a good time to team up with University Archives to explore some of the fantastic facial hair of The University of Adelaide. The following were shared on our Facebook and Instagram […]

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Temporary Relocation of Special Collections

From November 4th 2017 direct access to Rare Books & Special Collections will not be possible due to the refurbishment of Level 1 of the Barr Smith Library. For the month of November there will be no access to the collection and retrieval of items for use will not be possible. From December we will […]

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The Maude Digitisation Project

For the last 18 months we have been undergoing a project to digitise the personal and research papers of Harry and Honor Maude. Henry (Harry) Evans Maude (1906-2006) was a civil servant and anthropologist who spent eighteen years working in the Pacific Islands. Between 1929 and 1948 Maude served as District Officer, Native Title Lands […]

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The Orchid paintings of Rosa Fiveash

Born in North Adelaide, Fiveash was first taught art by Miss Annie Bentham, a painter of birds and flowers, and later studied at the Adelaide School of Art and Design from 1881 to 1888, specialising in the painting of Australian flora. Despite the lack of formal recognition during her lifetime, Rosa Fiveash is regarded as […]

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85 years of the Barr Smith Library

It’s our Birthday! Saturday March 4th marks 85 years since the official opening of the Barr Smith Library. Designed by Architect Walter Hervey Bagot, and built with funds donated by Sir Thomas Elder Barr Smith, the Library was officially opened by the Governor, Sir Alexandar Hore-Ruthven, VC, in a widely attended public ceremony in 1932. […]

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