So, you want to be a librarian?

So, you want to be a librarian?

May 23, 2016

People & professions, Such was life:

From 1948 up until 1969, the Melbourne Public Library’s training school educated nearly 300 aspiring librarians. Many things have changed since then, but some things still remain the same…

Marvel Worldwide Inc, 2015

The art of the comic book, or the comic book as art?

June 23, 2016

Arts, Comic books:

Comic books have come a long way since their first appearance in America in the 1930s. You can start exploring our growing collection with these beautiful artist’s editions of some iconic titles.

Settlement at Sullivan Bay

Settlement at Sullivan Bay

June 22, 2016

Cities & towns, Such was life:

Was the British settlement of Sorrento in 1803 Victoria’s first attempt at a desalinisation plant?

Ballarat Star, 10 July 1920

Post war play creates furore in Bendigo

June 21, 2016

Our stories:

On Saturday 3 July 1920, the play Advance Australia was staged at the Princess Theatre in Bendigo. Written by a local Catholic priest, John Joseph Kennedy, it would create a national furore.

Warner Music Australia, 2014

New Listening: Prince & Alice, Cleo & Callas, & much more

June 3, 2016

Arts, Film, Music:

Some great new music in Arts from pop to classical, and quite a few points in between.

Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851  
1864
oil on canvas; 106.5 x 343 cm
State Library of Victoria

Major retrospective of colonial artist William Strutt on show at State Library Victoria

June 2, 2016

News:

State Library Victoria will host Heroes and Villains: Strutt’s Australia, a major retrospective dedicated to the work of celebrated mid-nineteenth century artist, William Strutt (1825–1915). The exhibition opens to the public on 14 July 2016.

An ambrotype portrait of cadet Dabney Scales in US Naval Academy uniform, Maryland, c 1859-60, housed in its original hinge-split case, on top of Scales' Shenandoah diary, 1865

State Library seeks help to secure unique diary revealing Australia’s link to the American Civil War

May 29, 2016

News:

State Library Victoria is asking for the public’s help to purchase an extraordinary document that chronicles Australia’s involvement in the last year of the American Civil War – the ship diary of Lieutenant Dabney M Scales of the Confederate Steam Ship Shenandoah.

A little history of Queen’s Hall

A little history of Queen’s Hall

May 27, 2016

Our stories:

‘The Queen’s Reading Room’ opened on 24 May 1859 when the south wing of the Library was completed. Currently closed, restoration works will begin in 2017 so that Queen’s Hall can re-open as a public reading room once again.

New books with an American accent in Arts

New books with an American accent in Arts

May 20, 2016

Arts, New books, Painting, Photography:

An iconic American family of artists, a book of photographs capturing a lost place and time, an artist we should know better, and a lovely voice from Hollywood’s past.

550+ aerial photographs go online

550+ aerial photographs go online

May 17, 2016

News:

These photographs, covering mostly regional Victoria from Albury to Willaura, are part of the State Aerial Survey that was produced by the Department of Crown Lands & Survey between 1945-1965. They are mosaics, which means multiple photographs were joined together to form one large overall image.

Such was life

Settlement at Sullivan Bay

Settlement at Sullivan Bay

June 22, 2016 0 comments

Was the British settlement of Sorrento in 1803 Victoria’s first attempt at a desalinisation plant?

Arts

Marvel Worldwide Inc, 2015

The art of the comic book, or the comic book as art?

June 23, 2016 0 comments

Comic books have come a long way since their first appearance in America in the 1930s. You can start exploring our growing collection with these beautiful artist’s editions of some iconic titles.