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.

Report: Take the fear out of networking

On Wednesday 22nd March, SALIN hosted Take the fear out of networking, a workshop providing advice on social communication for your career.

The event started with a networking bingo session to get everyone out of their seats and into conversations. Two experienced networkers then provided some invaluable advice. The event concluded with a speed-networking activity which gave everyone the chance to practice what they had learned and speak to all other attendees.

We’d like to thank our guest presenters Jennifer Osborn (Research Librarian at the University of Adelaide) and Eleanor Thomas (Acquisitions Coordinator at the University of South Australia). Here’s a summary of their advice:

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SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society tour

15 people braved the cold weather to explore the SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society with SALIN on Thursday 11th June.

The Society was started in 1973. It was located in several places including Kent Town, Keswick & the City before moving to its current location in Unley in June 1987.

The Society library holds over 22,000 publications and 80,000 microfiche & card indexes (Royal Adelaide Hospital, Cemetery, Dulcie Love Germanic, Catholic Baptisms and others). The material in the collection is classified geographically – within Australia and outside Australia. Items are classified further into subsets – states, shipping, convicts, Indigenous, religious, SA local history and SA family history.

Besides published material the collection also includes manuscripts such as family history folders, newspaper indexes, electoral rolls, births, deaths & marriages indexes, microfiche which include school, parish, council & asylum records and online resources such as databases and search platforms, most of which are accessible through the Genealogy SA website. The website was launched in 2012 with a members’ only section being added in 2014.

Membership to the Society costs $75 for an Australian resident. Members have access to the Society’s library without payment and may borrow material from the library for a fortnight. They also receive a copy of the quarterly journal “The South Australian Genealogist” and a discount on certain publications and seminars conducted by the Society.

The library is at 201 Unley Road, Unley.

Library Lovers Day 2015

Love libraries?

Come share the love with like-minded book romantics at Bibliotheca, a fabulous new bar & book exchange in the West End.

ALIA & SALIN are getting together on Thursday 12 February to celebrate Library Lovers Day.

All library lovers welcome.

Bring a book if you would like to swap a book with a fellow book-lover.

When: Thursday 12th February, from 5.30pm

Where: at Bibliotheca bar & book exchange

Location: 27 Gresham Street, Adelaide

Any questions please contact