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What's on at the State Library South Australia - December 2020

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As a bibliophile (a person who loves books) and a lover of historic architecture, one of my absolute favourite places in Adelaide is the State Library. It quite simply brings two loves together in one place.

Christmas at the Mortlock

This year the State Library is bringing the magic of Christmas to the Mortlock Library; quite arguably one of the most beautiful libraries in the World. With the largest indoor Christmas tree in Adelaide and fascinating and fun displays of all things Christmas, the Library will be a delight for all ages.

Christmas at the Mortlock. Photo: State Library, South Australia


In conjunction with SA Power Networks, the Mortlock Christmas Tree is spectacularly lit for the delight of young and old. Bring your family and take a photo in front of the tree to send to those loved ones interstate or overseas that cannot be with you this year.

There are Christmas displays which show how South Australians celebrated Christmas in years gone by and photographs of the Christmas pageant across many decades.

Marvel at Christmas cards sent including one from Don Bradman to a friend, menus from Christmas dinner aboard ship and postcards sent home from our loved ones fighting in World War I.

Hear the sounds of Christmas including carols and songs by Patsy Biscoe, Kamahl and Jimmy Barnes and see the beautiful books and toys from the Children's Literature Research Collection.

Christmas at the Morlock is on until 4 January 2021 and open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm (closed Sundays and public holidays). Entry is free.

South Australia Illustrated
The Art of George French Angas


The eldest son of George Fife Angas (after whom Angaston was named), celebrated artist George French Angas was born in 1822. After arriving in Adelaide in 1844, George undertook journeys to the Murray Lakes, Barossa Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula and the South East, capturing impressions of the landscapes, inhabitants, flora and fauna in the young colony of South Australia.

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Lower falls of Glen Stuart. Photo: Angas, George French, artist, 1846. SLSA: B15276/23. State Library South Australia


After returning to London he published his book South Australia Illustrated as a snapshot of South Australia.

On display until February 2021, the State Library brings the art of George French Angas back to South Australia. See images captured on the Treasures Wall from 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays and public holidays). Entry is free.

Behind the Lines
The year's best political cartoons 2019


Join the Museum of Australian Democracy and see the politics of 2019 in its best musical depiction. From the federal election to the dramas of Brexit, 30 of Australia's best political cartoonists share 87 cartoons depicting politicians as musicians belting out old-time favourites and maybe just a few new tunes.

This travelling exhibition is on display in the State Library Gallery, Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 3.45 pm until 21 February 2021. Closed Sunday and public holidays. Entry is free.

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The Greatest Hits Tour by Jon Kudelka, The Australian, 2019. State Library South Australia.


Find your way to the State Library by public transport or park in nearby Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace, Adelaide.

The State Library has wheelchair and stroller access to the Spence Wing and Mortlock Chamber via the lift in the glass foyer entrance. On-street disabled parking is available on nearby street for permit holders. Please see the City of Adelaide website for further information.

Enjoy a break at St Raphael located on the ground floor in the glass foyer, open 7.30 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.

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Photo: St Raphael


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Where: State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
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