Ian McKay of North Adelaide marks over Pat Hall of Norwood, Grand Final 1952

In a league of its own: Celebrating 140 years of SANFL

7 June – 13 August 2017

Institute Building
10am to 5pm daily

Free entry | Closed public holidays

Celebrate 140 years of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) in an exciting exhibition about South Australia’s much-loved game.

Discover how football has evolved over the years through rare memorabilia, including trophies, scrapbooks of players, and photographs of the teams, spectators, Football Park and Adelaide Oval.

For the first time see a stunning display of 50 Magarey Medals which are unique in their design.

Relive some of the great moments in footy as you watch archival footage of SANFL matches, including grand finals. Listen to recorded ‘Footy Conversations’ and hear some of the South Australian legends of the game.

The exhibition also provides an insight into social change in South Australia. See how the spectators of yesteryear, mainly males formally dressed in their hats, differ from the spectators of today.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see unique memorabilia from the SANFL History Centre that is not normally accessible to the public.

Kapunda footballer, James Smith Pearce, 1879,

Straight through the middle: Football in South Australia

7 June – 13 August 2017

Treasures Wall
Open during Library hours

Free entry | Closed public holidays

From the Far West to the South East, football has been an integral part of South Australian life.

Discover items from the State Library’s collections that reflect all facets of the game in South Australia as this exhibition takes you from country to suburban footy, and from SANFL to AFL.

See the scrapbooks of Ken Farmer ‘The Bradman of Goal kickers’, memorabilia, banners, children’s games and toys, and much more.

The siren goes on 7 June.

SANFL 140 Year Exhibition Launch

Up Close and Personal: Panel Discussions

Legends, Heroes and Villains
Tuesday 27 June, 6pm – MC Mark Soderstrom

A celebration of the most iconic SANFL footballers, coaches and officials – who we all just simply love or love to hate.
Panel: KG, Kevin Duggan, Russell Ebert, Chris Gowans, James Gowans, John Halbert , Neil Kerley & Roger Wills
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Comment Wally May! The Media
Monday 3 July, 6pm – MC Graham Cornes

Print, Photography, Radio, TV & the digital age- a discussion of the role of media in Australian Rules Football.
Panel: Ian Aitken, Andrew Capel, Zac Milbank, Daniel Norton, Michelangelo Rucci & Roger Wills
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1877 and All That
Tuesday 11 July 6pm – MC Roger Wills

The beginning of SANFL, its impact on Australian Rules Football and the importance of preserving and celebrating our great history.
Panel: Peter Alexander, James Coventry, Trevor Gyss & Bernard Whimpress
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1990… The Fallout and the Future
Tuesday 18 July, 6pm – MC Keith Conlon

A frank look at the introduction of the South Australian teams into the AFL Competition and what does the future hold for SANFL?
Panel: Greg Boulton, Jake Parkinson, Bill Sanders & Leigh Whicker
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Wins for Women
Tuesday 25 July, 6pm – MC Ali Carke

The introduction of the SANFL Women’s League, AFLW and the Crows subsequently claiming the inaugural title has catapulted female football into the spotlight – but women have been involved in football for as long as it’s been in existence. A celebration of women’s contribution to the sport and the exciting future ahead.
Panel: Courtney Cramey, Sue Dewing, Eleni Glouftsis, Bec Goddard, Chris Halbert, Alanna Smith & Jane Woodlands-Thompson
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The All Time Best Team
Wednesday 2 August, 7pm – MC Stephen Rowe

SANFL has produced some significant talent in its 140 year history. But who are the best 21 players, what position will they play and who will be the coach?
Panel: Graham Cornes, Brian Cunningham, Neil Kerley & Michelangelo Rucci
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140 Years of Footy Triva – Quiz Night*
Tuesday 8 August, 7pm – Mortlock Chamber
Come and test your football knowledge at our quiz night.
More details to come.

* Ticketed event. All other events are free, booking essential