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R.A. Fisher’s letters to Nicolette, 1929

(Ruth) Eileen Guinness was only 17 when she married the much older Fisher on the 26th April, 1917. They were introduced by her older sister, Annie Geraldine, a friend of Fisher’s who he called Gudruna. Fisher liked to give those close to him pet names – hence ‘Gudruna.’ He bestowed Eileen with the name of […]

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The Wedding Apron of Eva Maria Garrick

  Among the many treasures from the Theatre Collection of the University of Adelaide Library is the 18th century wedding apron of Mrs Eva Maria Garrick, the wife of the famous 18th century actor David Garrick. Eva-Maria Garrick was born in Austria, and came to England on a Dutch packet ship, disguising herself as a […]

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Fisher’s cuttings book

Scrapbooks are a personal thing – the place where you keep things that interest or amuse you, of which you are proud or which you have found touching. On examining Fisher’s cuttings book more closely for an exhibition in late 2019, we discovered some important correspondence as well as mementos of his career and family. […]

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Hooper Brewster Jones: challenging the establishment

Hooper Brewster Jones has been considered to be one of the most progressive composers in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s. We are delighted to announce that a complete listing of his scores and papers held by the University of Adelaide Rare Books & Special Collections is now available at, https://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/special/mss/brewster_jones/ incorporating the large donation […]

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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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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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