South Aussie Stories: Kate Cocks, the empire’s first female constable

We learned a lot of things working with the South Australian Police Historical Society recently. One of those things is the story of Kate Cocks, the first female police constable in the British Empire. In 1915, Kate Cocks was the first woman to be sworn in as a police officer with equal pay and conditions […]

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South Aussie stories: Public School Swimming Champ 1920

🏊‍♂️ Today we’re sharing the story of N.Webber, public schools swimming champ in 1920. We found this great photo in the State Library of South Australia digital collection, and after some sleuthing found a few articles on Trove about the same event. 🏆 Webber (sometimes listed as Weber) was entered in the Junior Championship of […]

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We took a dog trainer to see Dogs at the South Australian Museum

It may have taken us a couple of months, but we finally found time to check out Dogs: A story of man’s best friend at the South Australian Museum. Not ones to pass up an opportunity, we decided to go along with Scott from Canine Connect. The Adelaide Museum current has an exhibition called ‘Dogs: […]

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Our Favourite Maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection

The David Rumsey Map Collection contains more than 150,000 maps from around the world, more than 95,000 of which are freely accessible through the online collection. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. David Rumsey […]

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Our Visit to Play School

Today we visited Happy Birthday Play School: Celebrating 50 Years at the South Australian Maritime Museum. The exhibit was a fun and interactive space, with plenty to read, play with and watch. Happy Birthday Play School celebrates Play School’s 50th birthday and shows how the show has evolved over the years. Touchscreens throughout the space […]

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An Online Collection of Stylish Fruit Crate Labels, 1920s-1950s

If you’re a fan of early-mid 20th-century design then this is the day for you! Florida Memories, a site run by the State Library of Florida, has released a library of more than 600 crate labels from fresh produce industries from the 1920s to 1950s. This is an amazing archive with a variety of design […]

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South Aussie stories: The SA Beef Riot

🍖 Today is the anniversary of the South Australian Beef Riot, 1931. At a time when many South Australians were out of work and relying on government rations, more than 1000 unemployed men and their families assembled to protest the replacement of beef with mutton on their ration tickets. The protest began in Port Adelaide […]

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Digital Barn’s September Gallery Crawl

Once a month Adam and I ditch work and check out all the new exhibitions in the North Terrace museum precinct. This month we hit up the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the State Library of South Australia and the Royal South Australian Society of Arts. Here are our highlights for […]

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The Start of South Australia’s Proud History

This week is an auspicious week for Adelaide’s queer community. Many people know that September 15th was the date of Adelaide’s first gay pride march, but did you know that was the culmination of an entire week of gay pride events held around the country? What was Gay Pride Week? Gay Pride Week 1973 was […]

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Digital Barn’s August Gallery Crawl

Once a month Adam and I ditch work and check out all the new exhibitions in the North Terrace museum precinct. This month we hit up the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum, the State Library of South Australia and the Migration Museum. Here are our highlights for August, along with exhibition […]

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