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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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New Online Exhibition – Cover to Cover: Exposing the Bookbinder’s Ancient Craft

Visitors to the Library in 2017 may recall the exhibition, Cover to Cover: Exposing the Bookbinder’s Ancient Craft. Capitalising on the success of the physical display, Lee has now converted her exhibition into Rare Books & Special Collections’ first, major online exhibition. To learn more about this fascinating craft, including the connection between a book’s binding […]

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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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Exhibition: Word, Image, Song: Celebrating 500 years of Luther’s Reformation

On 31 October 1517 the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, attached his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther’s objections to church doctrine and practices, relating especially to the sale of indulgences, sparked the Protestant Reformation and instigated social and political change on a global scale. Luther’s belief that Scripture […]

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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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Exhibition: Cover to Cover: Exposing the Bookbinder’s Ancient Craft

Bookbinding is a humble pursuit. Rarely does it receive the attention and glamour afforded to other ancient crafts.  Unlike the silversmith or the glassblower, whose talents are immediately obvious, the binder’s craft of construction is largely concealed.  Durability and function are foremost in the bookbinder’s mind; theirs is a role of guardianship – they serve […]

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Exhibition: Scholarly Discovery 2016: Researching in Special Collections

This exhibition showcases the contributions of Rare Books & Special Collections to learning and research throughout 2016.  We have supported undergraduate students with assignments, researchers with source materials and creative projects with inspirational works.  We have also responded to queries from interstate and international researchers ranging from Broome to Russia, and supplied resources to exhibitions […]

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Exhibition: A Very Special (Collections) Christmas

On display in the Rare Books & Special Collections foyer until the 31st January 2017 is a festive exhibition featuring Christmas books, cards, recipes, prints and theatre programs.  Visit us during Library opening hours to discover some of the earliest records of Christmas!

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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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