Articles by: Tim

Glorious news! Separation at last!

Glorious news! Separation at last!

July 5, 2016

Cities & towns, Such was life:

Victoria is celebrating the 165th anniversary of its own Brexit, the day colonists won independence from the British colony of NSW. To mark the occasion, an exhibition of rare historical artwork and records has gone on display at the Library.

State Library Victoria: open for 160 years

State Library Victoria: open for 160 years

February 11, 2016

Cities & towns, Such was life:

On the Library’s 160th birthday we look at events which have shaped Victoria since 1856.

Well may we say, God save the Queen…

Well may we say, God save the Queen…

November 10, 2015

Politics, Such was life:

Forty years ago this week saw the climax of one of the most dramatic events in Australian political history when the Whitlam government was dismissed by the Governor-General Sir John Kerr.

Did Daylight really come second?

Did Daylight really come second?

October 26, 2015

Sport, Such was life:

Did daylight ever really come second or is it just another part of Melbourne Cup folklore?

European labour stamps on Australian furniture

European labour stamps on Australian furniture

September 11, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Why did furniture made in Victoria prior to 1960 have to be stamped ‘European labour only’?

A bohemian football match

A bohemian football match

March 31, 2015

Sport, Such was life:

The costume football match in 1881 featured players dressed as characters from opera, tragedy, comedy, farce and pantomime.

Death on the Pyramids

Death on the Pyramids

February 5, 2015

Such was life, War:

Some soldiers in Egypt during World War I were so taken by the pyramids, they decided to climb them, with tragic results.

The Anti-Football League

The Anti-Football League

September 22, 2014

Sport, Such was life:

Melbourne is routinely depicted as a sport loving city with our devotion to Australian Rules football characterised as an obsession. The writer George Johnston, author of the novel My Brother… Read More ›

News by telegraph; the 19th century internet

News by telegraph; the 19th century internet

March 18, 2014

Social life & customs, Such was life:

On 21 October 1872 readers of Melbourne newspapers scanned the latest news from Europe. The reports included news that the Emperors of Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary had met to discuss… Read More ›

Rare Australian poetry acquired by the Library

Rare Australian poetry acquired by the Library

December 13, 2013

Arts & literature, Such was life:

The Library has recently acquired a small and very rare volume of Australian poetry. John Manifold’s Verses 1930–1933 was written while Manifold was a high school student and published when he… Read More ›