1851 J. Tallis 'Part of South Australia' - Antique Map of Australia

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Members of the South Australian Volunteer Forces in 1860. The South Australian colony was not a colony of convicts and as such it sought to create a defense force as early as 1841. The SA Volunteer Force was established in 1859. In 1865 South Australia became the first state to introduce partially paid volunteers, which was a system all of the other colonies were soon to follow.

South Australian Volunteer Forces 1860 State Library of South Australia [B - Family History Fossicking

North Tce, Adelaide, South Australia, 1939 Within days of the declaration of war, air-raid shelters like this one were dug in the city and suburban parks

North Tce, Adelaide, South Australia, 1939 Within days of the declaration of war, air-raid shelters like this one were dug in the city and suburban parks

Early Experiences of Life in South Australia and an Extended Colonial History by John Wrathall Bull Adelaide, South Australia London: E. S. Wigg Son and Sampson Low, Marston, Searle Rivington 1884 second edition

Early Experiences of Life in South Australia and an Extended Colonial History by John Wrathall Bull Adelaide, South Australia & London: E. Wigg & Son and Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington 1884 second edition

Plate 17: Mount Gambier, with one of its volcanic lakes (after sunset). Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads 'About nine miles from Mount Schanck ... are the extinct Craters of Mount Gambier, containing several volcanic lakes, enclosed within abrupt walls of lava.The hollows or craters are three in number, that, at the western extremity being the most extensive

Plate 17: Mount Gambier, with one of its volcanic lakes (after sunset). Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads 'About nine miles from Mount Schanck ... are the extinct Craters of Mount Gambier, containing several volcanic lakes, enclosed within abrupt walls of lava.The hollows or craters are three in number, that, at the western extremity being the most extensive

'Geological observations in South Australia: principally in the district south-east of Adelaide'. Reverend Tenison Woods is best known as the mentor of Mary MacKillop who in 2010 became Australia's first saint. However, Tenison Woods was also a brilliant scientist who combined his pastoral duties in the South-East of South Australia with his geological and fossil explorations.

'Geological observations in South Australia: principally in the district south-east of Adelaide'. Reverend Tenison Woods is best known as the mentor of Mary MacKillop who in 2010 became Australia's first saint. However, Tenison Woods was also a brilliant scientist who combined his pastoral duties in the South-East of South Australia with his geological and fossil explorations.

Plate 4: Crater of Mount Schank. Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads 'Mount Schank is one of several extinct volcanoes situated at the South Eastern extremity of the Province of South Australia.

Plate Crater of Mount Schank. Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads 'Mount Schank is one of several extinct volcanoes situated at the South Eastern extremity of the Province of South Australia.

James Bell sailed for SA from London in 1838 aboard the Planter. He began writing the diary with a written instruction stating that it was expressly for the eyes only of a mysterious female friend, 'C.P.' The diary records in some detail the misbehavior of his fellow passengers - drinking, fighting and open promiscuity. The captain's lack of control and poor navigation saw both the ship almost wrecked, and a mutiny among the sailors. The Planter finally arrived in Adelaide in May 1839.

James Bell sailed for SA from London in 1838 aboard the Planter. He began writing the diary with a written instruction stating that it was expressly for the eyes only of a mysterious female friend, 'C.P.' The diary records in some detail the misbehavior of his fellow passengers - drinking, fighting and open promiscuity. The captain's lack of control and poor navigation saw both the ship almost wrecked, and a mutiny among the sailors. The Planter finally arrived in Adelaide in May 1839.

In 2010 the descendants of John and Elizabeth Bowhey donated to the Library the 1870 Valentine marriage proposal John had sent girl who later became his wife. The poem had been sealed within a frame for 140 years, and was finally revealed in full, conserved and resealed. The Bowheys were farmers at Tam O'Shanter Belt (modern Regency Park). A few months after Elizabeth Day received John’s proposal mentioning marriage in the spring, the two were indeed married in the spring of 1870.

In 2010 the descendants of John and Elizabeth Bowhey donated to the Library the 1870 Valentine marriage proposal John had sent girl who later became his wife. The poem had been sealed within a frame for 140 years, and was finally revealed in full, conserved and resealed. The Bowheys were farmers at Tam O'Shanter Belt (modern Regency Park). A few months after Elizabeth Day received John’s proposal mentioning marriage in the spring, the two were indeed married in the spring of 1870.


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In late 19th century SA, several prosperous pastoralists built stately summer residences. One of these was Mount Breckan overlooking Victor Harbor and built for Alexander Hay and his family. In 1909 the house was accidentally set alight by a workman, and months later Mrs Hay and her youngest daughter disappeared at sea aboard the Waratah. Mount Breckan was rebuilt as an exclusive guest house. The watercolour is a late work of William Anderson Cawthorne.

In late 19th century SA, several prosperous pastoralists built stately summer residences. One of these was Mount Breckan overlooking Victor Harbor and built for Alexander Hay and his family. In 1909 the house was accidentally set alight by a workman, and months later Mrs Hay and her youngest daughter disappeared at sea aboard the Waratah. Mount Breckan was rebuilt as an exclusive guest house. The watercolour is a late work of William Anderson Cawthorne.

The very beautiful French book of hours has been on permanent loan to the State Library from the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide since 1983. The Christian monastic tradition of reciting psalms and prayers at regular times each day was also followed by ordinary lay people for whom books of hours were created by skilled craftsmen. This illustration depicts the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple of Solomon, Jerusalem, to the priest Simeon.

The very beautiful French book of hours has been on permanent loan to the State Library from the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide since 1983. The Christian monastic tradition of reciting psalms and prayers at regular times each day was also followed by ordinary lay people for whom books of hours were created by skilled craftsmen. This illustration depicts the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple of Solomon, Jerusalem, to the priest Simeon.

An attendee at a Library tour some years ago was particularly interested in an example of a palm-leaf book.The visitor later returned to the Library to donate this very beautiful example. Palm leaves have been smoked and dried for use as a form of paper throughout Asia since the 5th century BC. This 19th century example from Burma has the leaves lacquered in cloth said to have come from the silken robes of monks. The text, in Pali, prescribes regulations for monks.

An attendee at a Library tour some years ago was particularly interested in an example of a palm-leaf book.The visitor later returned to the Library to donate this very beautiful example. Palm leaves have been smoked and dried for use as a form of paper throughout Asia since the 5th century BC. This 19th century example from Burma has the leaves lacquered in cloth said to have come from the silken robes of monks. The text, in Pali, prescribes regulations for monks.

Since the mid-19th century the Library has collected fine printings and limited editions as exemplars of the printer and illustrator's art. One of the finest pieces is this work by the Englishman, Eric Gill. His printing of the four Gospels (1931) is a gem of artistry in all its interrelated elements-design, composition, and typography. The image shows Gill's illustration depicting Mary Magdalene washing and drying Jesus' feet with her hair.

Since the mid-19th century the Library has collected fine printings and limited editions as exemplars of the printer and illustrator's art. One of the finest pieces is this work by the Englishman, Eric Gill. His printing of the four Gospels (1931) is a gem of artistry in all its interrelated elements-design, composition, and typography. The image shows Gill's illustration depicting Mary Magdalene washing and drying Jesus' feet with her hair.

The Library's photo collection reflects the evolution of the photographer's art from the 1850s to the present. The earliest works used glass plate processes such as the Daguerreotype. From this a cheaper process was developed using a fine sheet of metal - a tintype.   Unfortunately nothing is known about the identity of the girl, circa 1870, but her dress suggests she was of a middle-class family. Taking of a portrait suggests a modest affluence that was able to afford the photographer's…

The Library's photo collection reflects the evolution of the photographer's art from the 1850s to the present. The earliest works used glass plate processes such as the Daguerreotype. From this a cheaper process was developed using a fine sheet of metal - a tintype. Unfortunately nothing is known about the identity of the girl, circa 1870, but her dress suggests she was of a middle-class family. Taking of a portrait suggests a modest affluence that was able to afford the photographer's…

Governor Hindmarsh’s Book of Common Prayer. After leaving South Australia, the colony's first governor, Sir John Hindmarsh, applied for a similar position in the North Sea island colony of Heligoland. His personal prayer book bears this address on its flyleaf and was handed down through his family. A visiting descendant from New Zealand gave the book to the Library in 2012, as an addition to family papers already held.

Governor Hindmarsh’s Book of Common Prayer. After leaving South Australia, the colony's first governor, Sir John Hindmarsh, applied for a similar position in the North Sea island colony of Heligoland. His personal prayer book bears this address on its flyleaf and was handed down through his family. A visiting descendant from New Zealand gave the book to the Library in 2012, as an addition to family papers already held.

Mickey Mouse dolls have been produced for over eighty years, making them hard to date. However this example from the State Library’s Children's Literature Research Collection was purchased in 1945 for a former staff member, who cared for him lovingly!

Mickey Mouse dolls have been produced for over eighty years, making them hard to date. However this example from the State Library’s Children's Literature Research Collection was purchased in 1945 for a former staff member, who cared for him lovingly!

The Laura Standard was established in 1889 by partners Israel Taylor, Henry Weston (editor) and Louis Simon. Copies of the inaugural issue were printed on silk as commemorative copies of the town's first newspaper. When a member of the Rocky River Historic and Art Society of Laura approached the Library in 2010 with copies of a newspaper printed on silk, arrangements were made to have these rare items conserved. In return, the Society donated one copy to the Library.

The Laura Standard was established in 1889 by partners Israel Taylor, Henry Weston (editor) and Louis Simon. Copies of the inaugural issue were printed on silk as commemorative copies of the town's first newspaper. When a member of the Rocky River Historic and Art Society of Laura approached the Library in 2010 with copies of a newspaper printed on silk, arrangements were made to have these rare items conserved. In return, the Society donated one copy to the Library.

Terraworta, 1849 by George French Angas. Terraworta, on the Gawler River was the property of his brother, George Howard Angas who describes the locale as beautiful 'surrounded by a park-like country of rich grass, and the river Gawler flowing through it, undulating hills of good soil suited for sheep, and rich valleys that may be cultivated to produce any thing.

Terraworta, 1849 by George French Angas. Terraworta, on the Gawler River was the property of his brother, George Howard Angas who describes the locale as beautiful 'surrounded by a park-like country of rich grass, and the river Gawler flowing through it, undulating hills of good soil suited for sheep, and rich valleys that may be cultivated to produce any thing.

Plate 28: Landscape illustration of the small settlement at Angaston, created by J.W. Giles after G.F. Angas. Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads    The township of Angaston, at German Pass, is picturesquely situated at the head of a rocky glen, looking towards Greenock Hills, over which the setting sun throws a purple radiance, as it sinks behind their wooded summits.

Plate 28: Landscape illustration of the small settlement at Angaston, created by J.W. Giles after G.F. Angas. Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads The township of Angaston, at German Pass, is picturesquely situated at the head of a rocky glen, looking towards Greenock Hills, over which the setting sun throws a purple radiance, as it sinks behind their wooded summits.

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