No place for the faint-hearted, with stories from the dark underbelly of early South Australia, including bushrangers, hangings and the sombre tale of the prison hulk moored off Largs Bay.
South Australia lays claim to being a convict-free state however two of the prime movers for colonization spent time in English prisons. Hear their stories and find out how to access information about other tales of the dark side of South Australian history from colonial times to present days. Discover colourful characters and enjoy a good dash of black humour as your guide shows you around the State Library.
AUDIENCE: Our free weekday tours are aimed at the general public, visitors and tourists.
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If you are a teacher, from an education institute or community group please view the State Library of SA's Community Learning & School Programs, our Learning Team will be able to assist you.
REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL: Registration (tour booking) closes 15 minutes before commencement of the tour. Select an available date and then click on the green "register" button to book a tour. 10 places are available on each tour.
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- For schools, teachers and community groups
- Check the Mortlock wing is available for your tour *
* The Mortlock Wing is a venue for hire and subject to occasional closures due to functions and special events, please check the Mortlock wing restricted hours on the day of your tour to avoid disappointment.
Date and Time
State Library of SA, Spence Wing
Level 1, opposite the Security cloaking desk
Adelaide, SA 5000