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Boer War records stolen from State Library of South Australia

Security is being upgraded at the State Library of South Australia after the disappearance of more than 150 Boer War papers, diaries and artefacts, reports InDaily.

The material, taken from one of the library’s storage areas, is part of a collection relating to soldier Samuel John White, which was donated by his family.

The theft was initially reported late last year, but it is thought that it may have occurred up to six years ago.

New security measures include restricting access to storage areas, the use of additional security devices and locked trolleys for transporting collections.

Library director Alan Smith told InDaily: ‘We value the collections held in the State Library on behalf of the people of South Australia, and the people who entrust their family’s heritage records to our care. This incident raised immediate concern, and action was taken to quickly identify any possible areas where collection security had been breached.’

 

Category: Library news