The York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library: The emerging rift between tangible and intangible cultural heritage – a South Australian case study

Henderson, Kelly (2008) The York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library: The emerging rift between tangible and intangible cultural heritage – a South Australian case study. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

In the founding of South Australia planning and education were considered of paramount importance. Adelaide’s library has always been a place of special significance to the community. A century ago the celebrated York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library, acquired from London, was opened to the public and lauded as the ‘Fountain of Knowledge’. Collected by William Silver, aided by bibliographer E. A. Petherick (whose collection subsequently founded the National Library of Australia), and entrusted to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, the York Gate Library has been housed by the Public (now State) Library since 1908. Examination of the fortunes of the York Gate Library reveals the spirit of the place, and the nature of threats, tangible and intangible, to its survival.

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Languages: English
Keywords: library; spirit of place; intangible heritage; cultural heritage
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: York Gate Geographical and Colonial Library, Adelaide, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 10:20
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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