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Exhibition: Science as a Human Endeavour: Natural History and Medical Science Texts from Rare Books & Special Collections

Exhibition: Level 1, Barr Smith Library 24 June – 9 August 2019 In 2018, drawing on her experience as a History of Science student, intern Kate Corcoran conducted a survey of Rare Book holdings to identify items that would be useful both for teaching purposes and online displays for students. This display presents the results […]

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Exhibition: God ‘Elp All of Us: The Centenary of Ross & Keith Smith’s Epic Flight

Exhibition: Level 1, Barr Smith Library 1 May – 15 June 2019 Curator: Cheryl Hoskin, Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian It was to be a great adventure – this skimming through ‘unknown skies’, over strange lands, and vast spaces of oceans. We were attempting something which had never before been done, so it is […]

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Florence Fenwick Miller’s Atlas of Anatomy

It seems fitting that the first University in Australia to admit women to academic courses should choose to use in its teaching an Atlas of Anatomy by an early advocate of women’s rights. Our incomplete copy came over to the Library as a sad pile of individual plates, uncovered during the shift of the Medical School […]

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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 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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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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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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