Archive for December, 2012

Ned Kelly at the cinema

Ned Kelly at the cinema

December 29, 2012

People & professions, Such was life:

The world’s first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, premiered at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre on 26 December 1906, twenty-six years after Ned was hanged.

New Christmas Music.

New Christmas Music.

December 27, 2012

Arts:

Some great new Christmas CDs have just arrived into the collection.  They include traditonal carol favourites and classics by Handel and Britten, as well as performances by the Vienna Boys Choir… Read More ›

Merry Christmas and happy new year to all!

Merry Christmas and happy new year to all!

December 24, 2012

Arts:

Christmas and the Ashes

Christmas and the Ashes

December 24, 2012

Sport, Such was life:

One of world sport’s most famous trophies, cricket’s Ashes urn, was presented for the first time on 24 December 1882.

‘Death ballots’: Australia’s World War I conscription referendums

‘Death ballots’: Australia’s World War I conscription referendums

December 19, 2012

Such was life, War:

On 28 October 1916 the first of two controversial conscription referendums was held in Australia. Military training for men between 18 and 60 had been compulsory since 1911, but the… Read More ›

A new sheet music collection; worth singing about!

A new sheet music collection; worth singing about!

December 19, 2012

Arts, Music, Popular music:

As the year draws to a close I thought it might be a good opportunity to show off a new collection of sheet music that we now have available via… Read More ›

Search our catalogue on your mobile phone

Search our catalogue on your mobile phone

December 17, 2012

About us, Announcements, Collection, Education, Library services, News, Opening hours, Search, Updates:

Designed for people wanting to search the Library’s collection while on the move, this cut-down version of our online desktop catalogue allows you to search our catalogue on  your mobile… Read More ›

18 years old and in charge of the ship

18 years old and in charge of the ship

December 13, 2012

People & professions, Such was life:

The British barque Trafalgar docked at Williamstown on 16 December 1893 after a harrowing voyage. Several of the senior officers had died from fever on the journey, and the charge… Read More ›

New books, and not a piano in sight!

New books, and not a piano in sight!

December 12, 2012

Arts, New books, Painting, Photography, Visual arts:

It’s been a while since I’ve done a new-books post, what with Australian Music Month, Melbourne Music Week, and the Kaldor Art Project demanding our attention. So let’s get back… Read More ›

Pioneer portraits

Pioneer portraits

December 11, 2012

People & professions, Such was life:

Born in London, Thomas Chuck came to Melbourne in 1863 and opened a photography studio in Royal Arcade, Collins Street.