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Emotional Reactions to Adelaide: Settler Letter Writing in the Early Years

A public lecture by Jade Riddle (The University of Adelaide) at The University of Adelaide


Image: Intimate portrait of a man writing a letter, 1900–1910, Wikimedia Commons

Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
Time: 1pm
Venue: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, The University of Adelaide
Register: $10 at the door. Students free. RSVP by 19 June to friends_library@adelaide.edu.au or phone 8313 6356.

Event page at The University of Adelaide Library website


In this lunch time event, Jade Riddle will present her research, which explores the critical and at times emotional representations of the city of Adelaide during its earliest years (1836–1850), and their impact on immigration rates to the colony. By comparing personal letters of the inhabitants with the official representation of the city, Jade sheds new light on the sense of place and early history of settlement in South Australia.

Jade Riddle was the recipient of the 2018 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Fellowship. She completed her PhD in The University of Adelaide School of Architecture and the Built Environment where she is a member of the ‘Humanism – Culture, History and Theory’ research cluster, and also works with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, of which The University of Adelaide is a node.

Research has included use of the Library’s South Australian Colonial History Collection, which is housed in Rare Books and Special Collections, and other research collections.