Discovery Event with Jade Riddle

Jade Riddle with an example of a personal letter

Jade Riddle with an example of a personal letter

Emotional reactions to Adelaide: Settler letter writing in the early years

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.

WHEN: Thursday 20 June 1.00pm

WHERE: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

ENTRY: $10 at the door. Students free

RSVP: by 19 June to  or phone 8313 6356