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When the SA Police
crowds watching the
Centenary Floral Festival in
Adelaide in 1936, feathered
fiends raided his poultry run
in Plympton and pilfered birds
worth a grand total of £10.
And in 1948, the SA Governor
came to grief when he was thrown
from a camel while attending
a seemingly harmless meeting
of a local Country Women s
These are just two of the
nuggets that can be unearthed
on Trove (www.trove.nla.gov.
au), a new free search engine
launched by the National Library
of Australia which enables users
to search across more than 90
million items in one go.
Trove s content comes from
more than 1000 libraries around
Australia, as well as other
institutions such as universities
and museums, plus international
collections. There are thousands
of photos, maps, links to dairies
and letters, books, journals,
videos and audio content.
"We are trying not to give any
dead ends to people, so there is
always an option for viewing
something online, linking to the
original source, buying a book or
watching a video on YouTube,"
said Trove manager Rose Holley.
"We ve already had a really
positive response to the amount
of information that we are able
to offer. It s particularly useful
for family researchers. A lot of
the information you wouldn t
find through Google because it s
coming from cultural heritage
Users can search across
newspaper archives from 1803
to 1954, finding original articles
ranging from major events such
as the sinking of the Titanic and
the opening of the Sydney Opera
House, to the more mundane local
garden parties and lost dogs.
Ms Holley said among the
treasures from SA were a series
of old maps showing the original
plans for Adelaide.
A search also revealed photos
of the crowd assembled in
Victoria Square for the unveiling
of the Colonel Light statue in
1906, a political cartoon of the
Port Adelaide and Semaphore
Councils from 1885, and a link to
a radio broadcast of Sir Robert
Menzies opening of the 1964
Adelaide Festival of the Arts.
Ms Holley said users could
add photos via the photo-sharing
website flickr, as well as posting
comments, rating items and
Clicking on an archived news-
paper gives the user an enlarged
word version of an article,
which may contain spelling and
"More than 12.5 million lines of
text in the newspaper section have
already been corrected by users,"
Ms Holley said. "We have about
9000 people actively doing that.
"Traditionally, libraries didn t
enable user interactivity so that s
something that really adds value
and context to the information."
A 1957 photo, found on Trove, of students at Adelaide Teachers Training College.
Photo: National Archives of Australia: A12111, 1/1957/31/43
Adelaide has long been considered a
black hole of the Australian music
industry, but its reputation is undergo-
ing rapid change.
Local bands are more successful,
Triple J has at least three Adelaide
bands on high rotation with one of
those, City Riots, in the top 15 most-
played bands on the station.
Commercial radio is following the
trend as well, after local talent The
Touch won Nova FM s "I Am With
The Band" competition, taking home
$10,000 prize money and a spot on
the playlist of every Nova-affiliated
station around the country.
Others, such as Fire! Santa Rosa,
Fire! and Leader Cheetah, have been
signed to established record labels and
have headlined national tours.
All these bands are blessed with the
complicated hair, tight jeans and musi-
cal talent conducive to success, but
plenty of others with these attributes
have fallen into obscurity.
Music SA general manager Daniel
Randell said apart from the extraor-
dinary amount of talent in Adelaide
at the moment, industry training and
support had been responsible for much
of the success.
"For the last five years we have run
a lot of programs about professional
development to get bands thinking
about their bands as a business," he
"The work done by us and other
organisations like FUSE and Carclew
helps bands to build themselves up as a
real business proposition."
Leader Cheetah s debut album
The Sunspot Letters was recorded
independently but quickly picked up
by record label Spunk before its highly
successful release in March last year.
Lead singer Dan Crannitch said
the band had never participated in
any industry development programs,
but agreed industry knowledge was
"Contacts are very important. The
industry, to an extent, knew us from
our old band," he said.
The Touch and City Riots have
been involved with government and
industry support events and festivals.
City Riots lead singer Rick Kradolfer
said State Government support was
instrumental in getting the band
"Without the support of Arts SA
we would have not been able to go
overseas," he said.
"Touring the US has helped us get
respect from the Australian industry
because people realise we re a band
that works hard for what we want."
With industry support or without,
these bands are responsible for
revitalising Adelaide s place on the
national music landscape. And they re
looking to take the talent of the City of
Churches further afield.
"You have to think internationally,"
Crannitch said. "You have to think big.
If you re writing songs and you have a
good band and you know you re good
then you do it yourself because you
believe in it and you re confident it will
Leading the local success charge: Adelaide
band City Riots playing in New York.
Adelaide hits right note
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