Melbourne Music Week 2016

State Library announced as Melbourne Music Week Hub

September 13, 2016

News:

State Library Victoria will be the 2016 hub for Melbourne Music Week, illuminating the city’s world-renowned music scene.

Good morning boys and girls: a guide to finding teacher records at PROV

Good morning boys and girls: a guide to finding teacher records at PROV

September 22, 2016

Events, Family History Feast 2016, Family matters:

Good morning boys and girls! This phrase is so familiar and reminiscent of our school years and it is an excellent beginning title for a talk about Victorian teacher records.… Read More ›

The Return fancy dress ball at the old Exhibition Building, Samuel Calvert, IMP27/10/66/357

150 years of The Press dress

September 20, 2016

Our stories:

On 20 September 1866 Mrs Matilda Butters attended the Mayor’s Fancy Dress Ball in the new exhibition buildings as ‘The Press’. Designed by local dressmaker Mrs William Dobbs, the costume was constructed of silk panels printed with the front pages different Melbourne newspapers.

Virtual State Library Victoria showcased in Google Expeditions

Virtual State Library Victoria showcased in Google Expeditions

September 16, 2016

News:

Priceless collections and the prized architecture of State Library Victoria will be available in virtual reality to students and teachers around the world when the State Library Google Expedition launches in Mildura today.

Oscar saves the day

Oscar saves the day

September 13, 2016

People & professions, Such was life:

Antarctica, January 1916…exhausted, ill, running out of food and 650 kilometres from their base on Ross Island, the Ross Sea Party had little chance of survival. Whatever hope they had relied on their four sled dogs…

Arielle Cottingham, winner of the Victorian state final of the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam

Arielle Cottingham wins 2016 Victorian Poetry Slam state final

September 5, 2016

News:

Following a hotly contested series of heats in Melbourne and regional venues across Victoria, 13 poets battled it out in the state final of the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam at State Library Victoria.

Henry Lawson: Mementos of a difficult man

Henry Lawson: Mementos of a difficult man

September 2, 2016

Our stories:

In mid-2003 the State Library formally acquired the Australian writer Henry Lawson’s walking stick and shirt. On the anniversary of his death, we take a closer look at these items.

Paintings in The Big Issue portraits exhibition

The Big Issue marks 20-year milestone with an exhibition celebrating vendors

September 1, 2016

News:

Discover the stories behind the faces of Melbourne’s street magazine vendors in ‘The Big Issue portraits’, a free exhibition now on show at State Library Victoria.

Reconstructing Melbourne’s early Chinese restaurants and other businesses

Reconstructing Melbourne’s early Chinese restaurants and other businesses

August 31, 2016

Family History Feast 2016, Family matters:

On Monday 8th August, the Library hosted its 13th annual Family History Feast, this year’s theme focused on researching occupational records. Over the coming weeks we will blog about or… Read More ›

The erasure of Melbourne’s wetlands

The erasure of Melbourne’s wetlands

August 29, 2016

Buildings & streets, Cities & towns, Such was life:

Creative fellow and author, Dr David Sornig, shows us how the library’s maps and manuscripts chart the demise of West Melbourne’s wetlands in his special guest blog this week. Welcome David.

Such was life

Oscar saves the day

Oscar saves the day

September 13, 2016 5 comments

Antarctica, January 1916…exhausted, ill, running out of food and 650 kilometres from their base on Ross Island, the Ross Sea Party had little chance of survival. Whatever hope they had relied on their four sled dogs…

Arts

It’s art Jim, but not as we know it; new books to stretch the imagination

It’s art Jim, but not as we know it; new books to stretch the imagination

August 26, 2016 0 comments

Denizens of the night, a plethora of postcards, illuminated walls, and things that go bump in the night; all in a day’s work for the Arts Library’s new book stand.