Year 10 work experience student Caitlin is a massive fan of supernatural phenomena and the unknown. While watching a YouTube video on conspiracy theories, Caitlin stumbled onto the ‘Mandela effect’. She writes more about the topic for us below:

Have you ever been convinced something is set a particular way but it turns out you were completely wrong? Chances are you have. This is referred to as false memory or “The Mandela Effect.” The Mandela effect is a psychological phenomenon and it is a collective of misremembered facts or events. Some believe it is just our mind weaving a lie but others speculate this is evidence you have experienced events from a different reality.

Don’t worry though, you are not alone. Many people experience similar Mandela effects. The human memory is a complex thing and although we do know a lot about it, there are still some holes in our research. These past events that people remember feel so real and vivid, most refuse to believe the evidence. Various theories have been speculated and proposed – some are sensible but others still have many confused.

If you are still confused let me give you an example:

In the popular and iconic movie Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (which if you haven’t seen it, were you raised under a rock?) Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father. Darth Vader says to him, “Luke, I am your father.” Well at least that’s what most of us remember. In fact he actually says “No, I am your father.” If you remembered it correctly, well done, but if you believe it to be the other way around you’re in the same boat with thousands of other people. It gets even more confusing because there is various evidence complementing both sides of the story.

The Mandela Effect began in 2010 when American paranormal enthusiast, Fiona Broome, posted on her website about Nelson Mandela. She claimed she remembered seeing news coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death in late 1991 in a South African prison. It wasn’t just something small and hazy – Broome clearly remembered news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow.You may be thinking she’s crazy, due to the fact Nelson Mandela died in 2013.


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Fiona Broome                                                 Image source:

When she heard the official news in 2013, Broome believed she had just misunderstood the previous information but when she attended Dragon Con she learnt from a member of security there were a number of people at the event who also remembered that Nelson Mandela died in prison.

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But did he really die in 2013?                                                                                                                                   Image source:

This notion spiralled and Broome found thousands of people who were in the same boat as her. When she started posting about it online, she got hundreds of response messages. One person who remembered Nelson Mandela dying in prison was with their mum and when hearing of his death in 2013, both were confused. Both remembered the Oprah show dedicated to Mandela and a specific concert that was live and shown on multiple channels in memory of Nelson Mandela. There is even proof of a Time magazine article stating he died in 1991, 22 years before his reported 2013 death. Many remember discussing Nelson Mandela’s death with family and friends and one even had a notebook where they documented his death prior to 2013.

Here’s the newspaper ‘proof’

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Maybe you’re skeptical. But if you are someone who remembers Nelson Mandela’s death prior to 2013, then go to this link to discuss with others:

If you still are completely turned away by this, then let me give you even more evidence:

Remember the ever-so-popular line from Disney’s rendition of Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. The line goes “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” You would think this line would be easy to remember, seeing as IMDb actually describes this film as “by far most memorable full-length animated feature from the Disney Studios.” What if I told you the Queen never says ‘mirror, mirror’ but instead says ‘magic mirror’. In earlier written copies of Snow White, each has the stated line “mirror, mirror”. Snow White was written around 100 years prior to the film and each rendition uses “mirror, mirror”. Of course a logical explanation is that Disney just changed the wording – but why are there so many people who vividly remember the film version saying “mirror, mirror”? You can even see the line being used in pop culture references, appearing in TV shows, on t-shirts and even a movie having it as its title.

I could go on and on about this topic with hundreds of other Mandela Effect examples but I’ll leave you to explore and make your own judgements.

Star Wars Costumes – the original trilogy

StarWarsCostumesThere’s no denying the popularity of Star Wars is still climbing. Now with Disney at the helm, a new film on the way, a new TV show recently launched, and a company that is no stranger to merchandising , there’s been a steady trickle of high quality, new Star Wars books coming into the Library.




A AJcket that caused years of controversy for fans. It looked blue in many scenes on screen, but was actually brown.

A jacket that caused years of controversy for fans. It looked blue in many scenes on screen, but was actually brown.

The latest to cross my desk is this one; Star Wars Costumes – the original trilogy. No doubt designed to re-capture the delight of the original fan, who is well into middle age by now, in preparation for the big things coming in 2015. The book contains many never before seen photos of costumes from the original trilogy, up close and personal with some parts and you can really see the details, or lack of detail in some parts and many of the background character outfits.



Did you know there was so many different pilot helmets?

With Episode Seven due out in December next year, I think we’re just seeing the beginning of a new wave of SW non-fiction, stories, graphic novels and all sorts coming into the library. You can check out on our catalogue the huge range of Star Wars stuff we already keep!

With Rose Coloured Glasses…

It’s very interesting to go back to the original critical reviews of films that are held in such high esteem today, because at the time of their release, opinions were often very different.
Last week saw the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film. Today many critics and fans have voiced the opinion that the original trilogy was superior to the more recent prequel trilogy. Whether they are right or wrong is a matter of personal view, but what is interesting is that when Star Wars was released,  many of the reviews made the same criticisms about the film as they did for the prequel trilogy. Here’s one example from The New Yorker.

Even more recently, the film Prometheus, a prequel (in spirit) to Alien was reviewed by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “[lacked] the central punch of Alien”. What is interesting here is that a number of years ago the 1979 journal Films and Filming contained a review of Alien. I will never forget the final line of what was, to be frank, quite a damning review, which stated “this film will not stand the test of time”.

In thirty five years will we look back at films released today in a different, more favourable light?

Star Wars Mural

clone mural2clonemural1Dozens of kids who participated in the Star Wars extravaganza on July 15th coloured in a variety of clone trooper and starfighter murals throughout the day.   The murals generate family involvement allowing family members of all generations to interact with their children on simple craft activities. The murals are a permanent and popular feature of the School Holiday themed days.clone mural3

Star Wars Day @your library

Padawan learnersWow! There’s simply no other words that can describe the day. With over 2200 people through the door the day was nothing short of energetic! People came from far far away, from Pasadena to Port Pirie, to visit the Library which was transformed into planets from the Galactic Empire!

DarthEndor saw over 40 kids turn their teddy bears into ewoks, Kamino bred a battalion of 90 clones who marched throughout the Library.



clonesStar Wars Storytime entertained scores of younglings, whilst on Coruscant, over 100 padawans were trained in the art of lightsaber battle!


Darth NihliusSpecial guests including Darth Vader and other costumed Star Wars characters provided plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance for padawans to practice their new saber skills. 




There was also self-guided craft, a Star Wars Quiz and a screening of Star Wars: The Clone Wars to top off a long, yet fun filled day, for children and adults alike!

Staff with the Dark LordSpecial thanks to our partners, Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza, ToyCorner, and Costumebox Australia for their assistance, and a special thank you to members of the 501st Terror Australia Garrison and the Rebel Legion Tatooine Garrison for attending in costume on the day.

How’d you make it?

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…is what several people have asked in response to the Star Wars Lego film we put together a few weeks back. Briefly describing the process, the actual filming of the Lego was done at my desk, using stop motion. A camera on a tripod took a photo of the Lego scene, then I moved all the characters took another photo and so on. In all there was about 110 images. With the help of Ben from Toddifilms these pictures were strung together using Adobe film making software that trimmed the images and timed them to four frames per second to make it look like they were moving. The opening cut scenes, the ‘a long time ago…’ the opening scroll and end credits were all made on photoshop and imported into the same software. The sound effects are mp3 files found on the net, as is the music.
Symon providing some voicesYou can have many layers of sound, each sound file is triggered to begin when a particualr image frame appears on screen. The voices were recorded on a microphone and then turned into a digitised sound file and like the rest of the sound slotted into the film when appropriate. The Lego sabers were replaced with ‘rotoscoped’ sabers again using photoshop. After all the changes the entire series of files is rendered together (which takes a home PC about 6 hours to do!)  and then uploaded onto Youtube! Fortunately Lucasfilm is actually supportive of fan films that promote Star Wars, so as long as we aren’t making profit from it, we have no breach issues.