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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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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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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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“They’re building a Library for him…”

(from Tenterfield Saddler, words and music by Peter Allen) The early Barr Smith Library, featuring one of the best monumental reading rooms in Australia, was opened in 1932. It was funded by donations from Tom Elder Barr Smith and named in honour of his father Robert Barr Smith who donated some £11,000 for books to […]

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