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What's on at the State Library South Australia - November 2019

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Celebrate South Australia's Favourite Sons Epic Achievement
The weather is getting warmer, and while it is nice to get out of the cocoon and enjoy the sunshine, on those really hot days it can be fun to find somewhere airconditioned and cooler to while away the hours.

The State Library South Australia easily fits this purpose with a wealth of events, exhibitions and tours to enjoy with new options becoming available all the time.

All year-round, you can join a tour such as Make Yourself at Home, Behind the Scenes: Care and Repair, Salt in Your Eyes or Your History Heartlands to learn and hear about what the State Library does, how it grew to be what it is and the history of South Australia.

Each month, the State Library also offers a range of events and exhibitions, generally free or for a small contribution. Following is what is on offer in November 2019.

Minding Your Own Business 1 pm to 2 pm Thursday 21 November 2019 FREE

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Photo: State Library of South Australia


Learn how to use ledgers to discover sources that will assist in tracing your ancestors and provide information about their lives.

Bookings are essential. Event is located in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground Floor).

Flying High 1 pm to 2.30 pm Friday 15 November 2019 - FREE

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Ross and Keith Smith after arriving in Darwin. Photo: State Library of South Australia


November 2019 marks 100 years since the epic England to Australia Air Race and the extraordinary achievement of South Australian aviators Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith and mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers.

In honour of this achievement and as part of the celebrations, the State Library is mounting a Treasures Wall exhibition featuring items from its collection and others. This discussion will provide information about the air race and the exhibition.

Bookings are essential. Event is located in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building (Ground Floor).

Heroes of the Skies 1 November 2019 to 5 April 2020 - Free

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Portrait of Ross Smith, circa 1920 (PRG 18/53/2) and Keith Smith, 1917 (PRG 18/5/11). Photo: State Library of South Australia


This exhibition is dedicated to the Smith Brothers and the Great Air Race of 1919 which was won by two of South Australia's favourite sons, Captain Ross and Lieutenant Keith Smith.

Along with their mechanics, Sergeants Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett, the Smith brothers were the first Australian airmen to fly from England to Australia in a Vickers Vimy bomber, achieved in just 28 days.

Follow the lives of the Smith family from Mutooroo Station to World War One and experience the public response to the tragic death of Sir Ross in an air crash in 1922.

Experience the excitement of the race and its aftermath through the State Library collections and items on loan from museums, private collections and other libraries.

Located on the Treasurers Wall, see the log-book and certificate of worthiness of the Vickers Vimy, notebooks kept by the Smith brothers, a pocket compass, a magneto from the engine, and a piece of Vimy aircraft fabric.

As part of these celebrations, you can also view the personal papers of Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith on the Digital Collections website.

Entry is free and the exhibition is available Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.

Professor Henderson's Department of Historical Records 15 July to 31 December 2019 Free

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From 10 am to 5 pm daily (except public holidays) discover the treasures and stories from the nation's oldest Government archive in the Institute Building.

Made possible by Professor George C Henderson, the Department of Historical Records was established. George Henry Pitt and Mabel Hardy, the first Government Archivists of Australia were appointed on 1 February 1919. Together, they were to identify, preserve and make accessible official records in the newly established South Australian Archives Department. The State Records of South Australia now hold over 13 million official records.

Ankkinyi Apparr, Ankkinyi Magnurr, Tarnanthi Festival 18 October 2019 to 25 January 2020 Free

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Part of the 2019 Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, this exhibition celebrates the work of artists Gladys Anderson, Heather Anderson, Lindy Brody, Ruth Dawson, Penny Kelly, Susannah Nelson and Joseph Williams, bringing together stories, language and art.

This multi-modal exhibition sees historic audio recordings play alongside paintings and contemporary videos evoking the sounds and colours of Warumungu Country.

Curated by Sandra Morrison Nangali, Rosemary Plummer Narrurlu and linguist Samantha Disbray, the exhibition is open Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 7.45 pm, Thursday and Friday 9 am to 5.45 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 4.45 pm in the State Library Gallery. Closed on public holidays.

You can reach the State Library by bus or train with bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace and the Adelaide Train Station just a short stroll away. Free trams run regularly between the train station and the Art Gallery right next to the Library.

Parking is available at Wilson's Adelaide Central car park, 225 North Terrace and there is paid metered street parking along Kintore Avenue and Victoria Drive.

Wheelchair and stroller access to the Library is available.

The State Library South Australia is open Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The Library is not open on public holidays.
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Why? Get out of the heat and into the Library
When: November 2019
Phone: (08) 8207 7250
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: FREE
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