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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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Biblion, The Barr Smith Library’s first online catalogue

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Barr Smith Library’s online bibliographic system, Biblion! In 1979 it was recommended by the Select Committee on the Future Development of the Barr Smith Library that the Library should commence work on a project to develop an online catalogue. The library at the time had recently introduced high-density remote […]

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Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890-1962) Statistician and geneticist.

A statistician, biologist and geneticist, R.A. Fisher was born in England on the 17th of February 1890. Fisher had a highly successful career for which he became known as “the father of modern statistics” as well as “the greatest biologist since Darwin.” During his lifetime he founded over a dozen theories and methods relating to […]

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Mapping an Exhibition: Have Book, Will Travel

From America, England, Europe and even Antarctica, many of the books held in Special Collections have travelled far and wide to get here. This exhibition showcases just how far some of these books have come, based on the inscriptions and bookplates found inside their covers. Why Map    The initial idea for mapping the provenance […]

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Building the University of Adelaide War Memorial

“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them.” The Ode of Remembrance is inscribed on a plaque at the eastern end of the Adelaide University Union Cloisters. […]

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The Foundation of the Barr Smith Library

Friday the Fourth of March marks the anniversary of the official opening of the Barr Smith Library. Previously the University of Adelaide Library had been housed in a small room on the second floor of the Mitchell Building, however in January 1927, Sir Thomas Elder Barr Smith donated over £33,000 to the University of Adelaide […]

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