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Discover the History of SANFL at the State Library

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relive some of the best moments in SA footy history
Discover the fascinating history of football in South Australia in two exciting exhibitions Straight through the middle: Football in South Australia and In a league of its own: Celebrating 140 years of SANFL from the collections of the State Library of South Australia and the SANFL.

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Both exhibitions are on display at the State Library of South Australia until 13 August, from 10am to 5pm (public holidays excluded). Together, they highlight a long and proud South Australian sporting history and tell the much loved stories that you may have heard your grandad tell through the years, of a game that has captured the hearts of SANFL and AFL followers everywhere.

SANFL History Centre Manager, Chris Halberts, says in a recent interview with SANFL Radio, that the exhibition will include trophies on display from 1877 onwards, displays of photo's from Koonibba, the oldest surviving Indigenous football club in Australia, football guernseys from 1936, footage of past games where you can sit on artificial turf and barrack for your favourite past player's teams once again.

On show for the first time is a stunning display of 56 Magarey Medals. (The History Centre would love to find the others - maybe search grandad's shed). Relive some of the great moments in football as you watch archival footage and listen to recorded 'footy conversations' of South Australian legends of the game.

SANFL Greats John Halbert, Barrie Robran & Linsday Head chat about the good old days.



There will be iPads to interact with digital scrapbooks such as, the scrapbooks of Ken Farmer 'The Bradman of goal kickers'. Farmer played for over 13 seasons for North Adelaide, from 1929 to 1941, he scored 1,419 goals at an average of over six a game. He kicked over one hundred goals in 11 straight seasons and his highest tally in a single match was 23 goals against West Torrens in 1940.

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They've even designed a pack of footy cards to help focus attention on aspects of the exhibition and explore objects in different ways.
Collect the cards inside the exhibition spaces. You might like to use the torch on your mobile device to assist with this exploration. It get's a bit dark in the library.

"... [the exhibition] represents the most comprehensive collection of league memorabilia that's ever been compiled," said SANFL CEO, Jake Parkinson.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see unique memorabilia from the SANFL History Centre that is not normally accessible to the public.

My husband says that I don't know one end of a football from the other when it comes to Aussie Rules. Now I can tell him where to go - to get the footy facts, I mean.

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Why? relive the best moments in SA footy history
When: 10am to 5pm
Where: State Library of South Australia
Cost: Free
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