Articles by: Sarah Kelly

Say it with scorn: Vinegar valentines from the collection

Say it with scorn: Vinegar valentines from the collection

February 14, 2017

Our stories:

Rejection rather than affection was the theme of early 19th-century paper valentines.

Google Doodle, 9 February 2017

Access four centuries of women’s history with your library card

February 9, 2017

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In the late 1800’s, Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the revolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women’s rights.

The last residential caretaker

The last residential caretaker

January 20, 2017

Our stories:

George Swain, the State Library’s last residential caretaker sadly passed away this week. A WWII veteran, he brought up a family of six children in an apartment on the roof of the Library’s dome, living there until the early 80s. In a post he wrote for the dome centenary in 2013, George reminisces about bringing up his family on the roof of the Library.

Hack Christmas with State Library Victoria’s collection

Hack Christmas with State Library Victoria’s collection

December 16, 2016

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Searching for the perfect Christmas wrapping paper? Dreaming of DIY decorations with a literary twist? We’re here to help! We’ve combed the collection for festive images, prints and patterns to remix into Christmas crafts.

Noel Pearson delivering the 2016 Keith Murdoch Oration at State Library Victoria

Noel Pearson delivers the 2016 Keith Murdoch Oration

October 21, 2016

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Noel Pearson delivered the 2016 Keith Murdoch Oration at the Library last night, on the topic ‘Still hunting the radical centre: revisiting Daniel Patrick Moynihan 50 years later’.

New literary podcast celebrates writers and writing

New literary podcast celebrates writers and writing

October 13, 2016

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Recorded at the State Library, The Garret podcast celebrates writers and writing, interviewing leading authors to explore how they start, draft, complete and market their writing.

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

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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.

Celebrating Children’s Book Week 2016

Celebrating Children’s Book Week 2016

August 24, 2016

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We welcomed more than 200 little readers, their families and carers to the Library this morning for a special 2016 Children’s Book Week Storytime.

A little history of Queen’s Hall

A little history of Queen’s Hall

May 27, 2016

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‘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.

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

May 12, 2016

Our stories:

This week we’re celebrating our wonderful team of volunteers. From tour guides and storytellers to cataloguers and conservators, a small but extremely generous group of dedicated men and women donate their time, expertise and experience to the Library.