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The Centenary-era University From The Air

The University of Adelaide campus of 2015 is in many respects a different one – physically, culturally, and administratively – to that of the mid-1970s during which time the University celebrated the centenary of its 1874 foundation.
Presented here are two aerial shots of the University taken in the lead-up to the 1974 celebrations, and the […]

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University Images, mid-1950s

The following are images taken from a booklet published by the University in 1955. Its purpose was to encourage donations during a period of serious overcrowding, the result of the post-War influx of students. The point was well made with this shot of the notoriously crowded Mayo Refectory:
The booklet gave a potted history of the […]

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A New Exhibition: “Thorburn Brailsford Robertson (1884-1930): a brief but brilliant life”

This year’s contribution to South Australia’s History Festival by the Barr Smith Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections and the University Archives is an exhibition on T. Brailsford Robertson.  Robertson was the University’s Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry during the 1920s, as outlined on the About Time website:
Brailsford Robertson was among the most brilliant scholars […]

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Teachers College Scrapbook

The University Archives holds an interesting collection of photographs accumulated by the Adelaide Teachers College. Generations of primary and secondary teachers were schooled in this institution, which originated in 1876 as the Teachers Training School. A summary of its changes of name and location can be found here.
Series 838 – Adelaide Teachers College Photographs […]

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Can you date this photograph?

Rob Linn’s new history of the University of Adelaide, The Spirit of Knowledge, was launched in the Mitchell Building this week.  Beautifully illustrated with numerous archival documents, the book is a lively account of the social, cultural and architectural history of the University’s North Terrace Campus from its beginnings in the 1870s to the present.
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