Find out about memorial in and around the State Library including the WWI roll of honour, the Brenda Kekwick bookcase and the John Dowie sculptures.
Roll of honour 1914-1920 The Great European War is inscribed with the names of eight employees of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of South Australia who enlisted, including one who made the supreme sacrifice. It is placed at the foot of the stairs in the glass foyer in the Spence Wing.
Hand-carved bookcase that commemorates the memory of Brenda Kekwick and is located on the ground floor of the Institute Building. The bookcase was created by three members of the South Australian School of Arts: the carving was by George Mills, the panel was designed by Margaret Bevan, and the words running from shelf to shelf were chosen by Mary Harris. The words are from an essay on Shelley by Francis Thompson:
Know ye what it is to be a child?
It is to believe in love; to believe
in loveliness, to believe in belief.
It is to be so little that the elves
can reach to whisper in your ear.
Brenda Kekwick (1908-1936) was best known for establishing the Adelaide Junior Theatre in 1934 and for her storytelling at the Story Hour in the Children's Library, where her enthusiasm and spontaneity delighted young and old alike. After her untimely death at the age of 28 a bookcase was donated in her memory to the State Library, and originally held some 80 volumes of plays, stories and history of costume donated by public subscription.
Noted South Australian sculptor John Dowie AM donated bronze busts of two other notable South Australians to the State Library in 2005. The busts of explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins and ethnographer Charles P. Mountford can be seen in the Treasures Wall area.