About Archival Allsorts

This blog is designed to display some of the more interesting and unusual items held by the University of Adelaide Archives.

Many of these highlight links between world-renowned people, places and events and the University of Adelaide. However, we not only want to include records relating to the great figures and achievements associated with the University, but also material that is quirky, humorous, or illustrative of aspects of the social or cultural history of the institution over time.

Each post contains information on the location of the record within the collection and some discussion of its context and meaning. We would be delighted if you have additional information, corrections or reflections on what is presented – this can be added to the comments section below each post or emailed to Suggestions on what types of records might be included are also welcome.

The University of Adelaide Archives collection dates back to the 1870s and includes records related to the University’s governance, teaching programs, staff, students, clubs and societies. Its website includes many reference aids, as well as a Guide to Records that contains a full listing of archival holdings.  There is  also a link to the Series 169 Digital Archive where digitised records from one of the oldest series in the Archives including correspondence relating to the establishment of the University of Adelaide and its early years of operation can be viewed.

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9 Responses

  1. Jennifer Osborn says:

    Congratulations on a delicious blog, Archival Allsorts!

  2. Kinga Gasiorowski says:

    Looks Great, very professional.

  3. Andrew Cook says:

    Thanks Jennifer and Kinga. We’ve still got the odd glitch but these will be sorted out soon!

  4. k says:

    Congratulations; a great start and a much needed window on the au archives; and indeed, a delicious start to it all yesterday; esp enjoyed the l allsorts!

    • Andrew Cook says:

      Thanks k. Glad you enjoyed the liquorice too! We’re aiming for a new post weekly so keep checking back.

  5. Venton Cook says:

    This is very interesting material. I like the panoramas of the University and the facility to view it close up. The U of Ad. connection with Lionel Logue is interesting.

    On the Florey women post I would like to know how many women completed Medicine at Adelaide University before 1950.

    keep up the good work


  6. J says:


    I’ve really enjoyed reading the Archival Allsorts blog.

    Regarding the post on “Edward Reeves, Lionel Logue and King George VI”, here is a link to a programme being shown on Sunday 12th June in which Mark Logue visits Australia (including Adelaide) to find out more about his grandfather,, which may be of interest.

    Looking forward to the next instalment, got my RSS set up 🙂

    Cheers, J

    • Andrew Cook says:

      Thanks, J. I missed that one but it might turn up on youtube or elsewhere. Oddly, there was recently different documentary of the same name on the ABC. It’s a testament to the resonance of the film, I guess, that interest in the historical characters remains strong.

      Glad you’ve subscribed – new posts up soon!