Events and Activities

South Australia’s History Festival will take place in May 2019

State Records has a number of exciting events planned to celebrate our 100th birthday this year, share some exciting stories and take you behind the scenes into the archive.

Professor Henderson’s Department of Historical Records: 100 Years of the Archives
Radford Auditorium (the original Archive building), Art Gallery of South Australia, Saturday 18 May, 2-3pm.  2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the appointment of the first government archivists in Australia. Join State Records and the History Department, University of Adelaide, in celebrating this milestone and hear the story of the man behind the “Department of Historical Records” and the archivists who made it happen.
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Archives Open!
State Records, 115 Cavan Road, Gepps Cross, Sunday 19 May, 10am-4pm. In State Records’ centenary year, celebrate the History Festival with us at our Open Day. We’ll be open for research, have tours of the repository, talks from State Records, State Library of South Australia and Genealogy SA, digitisation demonstrations and a sausage sizzle!
Bookings are essential for this event:

Spies, Thieves and Conmen: Crime in the Archives
Adelaide City Library, Friday 10 May, 12.30-1.30pm. The National Archives and State Records of South Australia have been delving into their records of crime and investigations in South Australia. From murder to mayhem, robbery to espionage, the archives contain a wealth of tragic, scandalous and bizarre stories. Come along to hear about some of the state’s colourful and notorious characters and how their crimes were uncovered.
Bookings for this event can be made through the National Archives of Australia here:

Alive in the Archives: Kittens, Camels and Decoy Sheep
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia, Wednesday 22 May 10.30-11.30am. From gun-toting camels, decoy sheep and archivists’ kittens to dogs at war, wasps in the post and lighthouse carrier pigeons, the collections of the National Archives and State Records of South Australia are alive with animals, sometimes in the most unexpected places. Come along and find out more about the role these animals played in the history of the state and the nation.
Bookings for this event can be made with the National Archives of Australia here:

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