150 Years - 150 Treasures

Contribute your suggestions for inclusion in the University’s anniversary publication 150 Years – 150 Treasures to tell the story of the University’s first 150 years.

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What are the objects, people, places and stories that populate the University’s collections, spaces and memories that resonate most with you? 

In 2024, the University will be celebrating 150 years since its establishment in 1874. This significant milestone in our history is an occasion to recognise the far-reaching contributions of those who have gifted us a legacy of proactive support for women’s education, significant research endeavours, the teaching of successive generations of willing students from diverse backgrounds and places, and a wealth of cultural collections worthy of the third oldest university in Australia. 

  • About the project

    The University Library is leading a project to bring together objects, places and stories to give insight into our remarkable history and the far-sighted individuals who envisaged the possibilities of higher education in early Adelaide, the pioneers in their disciplines, the teachers who inspired their students, the myriad of others who have supported its teaching and research and the vitality of the students who have thronged its halls. 

    The University Community is encouraged to suggest objects, people, places and stories that encapsulate the University of Adelaide's proud history.

    If you are interested in discovering more about the University's history, browse our special collections on Adelaide Connect.

    Adelaide Connect

  • Who can contribute?

    Past and present staff, alumni, our students and wider community were invited to submit suggestions for items for inclusions in our anniversary publication 150 years – 150 Treasures to highlight a key aspect of our history and the legacy we will pass on to future generations.

    Submit a Treasure