SALIN Quiz Night 2019

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Well the annual SALIN quiz night has come and gone again and was a resounding success. This year’s theme was all things Television covering the entire history of the medium in Australia from its first appearance in our homes in 1956 until the present day and the rise of reality television, and all things in between.

From the outset it was obvious that the librarian community of Adelaide were here for one of the biggest events of the social calendar and they had not come unprepared or uncommitted to this year’s theme of television. They arrived dressed as everything from Teletubbies to Daleks, toting enough picnic baskets and bottles of wine to keep even Yogi Bear happy. Then they settled in for the start of the show.


There were 12 rounds of questions in all with two table quizzes to supplement them. From the outset the going was tough but with the combined IQ of that many librarians all in the one room it needed to be and as we completed the first of the music rounds, no one table had yet to come out as the clear favorites to take home the prizes and the bragging rights for this year.

More rounds followed and then it was time for a well-earned break and a chance to mingle and catch up with old friends and colleagues from other tables while enjoying a cup of delicious soup and a snack from the selection available from the Country Women’s Association (CWA) stall.


Then the break was over and it was time to get serious again. The rounds proceeded from sport through to geography with two more music rounds in between. The judges deliberated and the contestants argued quietly amongst themselves to form a consensus amongst their respective brains trusts, for there was no phone a friend in this contest folks.


In the end, there could only be one winner and it was the Sponge Bob Square Pants table from The State Library and their friends who took away the top prize on the night. Second prize going to “Tubby Tardis” and third to “Reading is Fundamental”. The best dressed costume went to Anna dressed as Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the best dressed table included these two likely lads dressed as the Fonz jumping the shark from Happy Days.

Then it was time for farewell and goodnight with all of the contestants going home happy for another year, knowing that they had come together to raise funds for a great cause helping women and their children meet their educational goals and establish their financial independence so that they could escape from domestic abuse and reestablish their lives with the help of the Zara Foundation, this year’s recipients of the funds raised on the night.


We would like to make special thanks to all our sponsors, to the venue, to the CWA ladies and to Natalie for doing such a great job comparing on the night.

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So see you all next year for another exciting installment of the South Australian Library Network’s (SALIN) Annual Quiz night.

Quiz Night: Television Shows

Get your team together and join us after work on Friday May 24th for the annual library quiz night, the biggest night on the library calendar!

Join us on Friday May 24th at the Walkerville Town Hall (66 Walkerville Tce, Gilberton). Please arrive from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Zahra Foundation

Tickets are $15 per person and payment is on arrival, by card or by cash. Funds raised will be donated to the Zahra Foundation, in support of South Australian women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Television theme costume is optional but encouraged. There will be prizes for winning tables and for best dressed.

Once again, the Adelaide branch of the Country Women’s Association will have food available for purchase. You are also welcome to BYO picnic basket with food and drink (including alcohol).

Tables have a maximum of 8 seats and bookings are essential. If you don’t have a full group and still want to come, let us know and we’ll find a spot for you.

Submit booking

See you there!

Review: City History Tour

Adelaide City Archives

On 13th February, 15 curious library types met in Topham Mall to tour the Adelaide City Archives. Jane Ratcliff and Rob Thornton kindly showed us through their facilities and talked about their work.

The Adelaide City Council was the first council in Australia. They have a mandate from State Records to manage their own records, whereas other councils send all their records to State Records for management. Their records include 6000 shelf metres of council records, building plans, IT backups of council systems and a historical civic collection which includes over 4000 objects and 500 paintings. They have an amazing collection of historical photographs which have been digitised. Some of the historical items are on display in the Town Hall. The objects are cared for by an in-house conservator.

Adelaide Town Hall and General Post Office, c. 1930
Adelaide Town Hall and General Post Office, c. 1930 – City Archives reference HP1366

They receive approximately 2000 visits a year, as well as online visitors. 40% of their enquiries are from architects and engineers who want to look at construction plans and documents.

The Archives have been in their Topham Mall site since 1986, and before that, they were in the Town Hall basement. The Topham Mall site was built for purpose so includes atmospheric regulation controls and  a gaseous fire prevention system. It was fascinating to walk through the compactus and see the range of material they held.

They are open for enquiries at their counter or by phone, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and their search room is open for research 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Thursday.

Adelaide City Library

After the archive tour, the group trekked over to the Adelaide City Library to get an introduction to the Adelaide City Council History Hub from Jess Curtis, Digital Services Coordinator at the Library, and Cyprian Maynard, SALIN committee member and former volunteer with the History Hub.

The History Hub has dedicated computers for research, provides access to digitised collections, and runs information sessions and workshops, thanks to the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. The Library works with the Archives to use their collections to make displays. They also work with partners to run larger programs and events such as author talks and History Month activities.

There is an additional History Hub at the North Adelaide Library and Community Centre.

Library Lovers’ Day: double history tour + drinks

In honour of Library Lovers’ Day, SALIN invites you on a great double tour on Wednesday 13th February.

Discover our history at the Adelaide City Archives, explore the historical collections of the Adelaide City Library, then round off the adventure with social drinks and a book swap.

Tour 1: Adelaide City Archives at 4:30pm

Shop 10/20 Topham Mall (off 54 Waymouth St), Adelaide

Tour 2: Adelaide City Library at 5:15pm

Francis St (beside Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall), Adelaide

Drinks and book swap: Bibliotheca from 6:00pm

27 Gresham St, Adelaide

Please bring a wrapped book if you would like to participate in the book swap.

Questions or RSVP to Pixie Stardust.