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Did your ancestor work for the Government?

Did your ancestor work for the Government?

February 10, 2014

Collections, Family matters, Research guides, Research tips & tricks:

Many of us have forebears who worked for the Victorian Government in some capacity. This may not always be obvious though, as records like electoral rolls, directories and birth, death… Read More ›

Newspaper and Family History room changes January to April 2014

January 28, 2014

Collections, Family matters:

  The former State Library of Victoria Newspaper Reading Room is currently being refurbished and will reopen in April as the combined home of the Family History and Newspaper services.   Until… Read More ›

Temporary relocation of Newspapers Reading Room 2 November 2013 to 31 January 2014

November 1, 2013

Collections, Family matters:

  Newspaper resources will be relocated to the Genealogy Centre during the weekend of 2-3 November in preparation for essential building works in the Newspapers Reading Room.   The Newspapers… Read More ›

Using the State Library of Victoria From Afar!

Using the State Library of Victoria From Afar!

September 13, 2013

Collections, Family matters, Research guides:

I am very pleased to welcome Shauna Hicks as our guest blogger. Shauna has been tracing her own family history since 1977 and worked in government for over 35 years primarily… Read More ›

From Vinegar Hill to Mont St Quentin : J G Roberts and the memory of war

From Vinegar Hill to Mont St Quentin : J G Roberts and the memory of war

August 16, 2013

Collections, Family matters:

Family Matters is pleased to welcome our August guest blogger, Dr Kevin Molloy, Manuscripts Librarian at the Library. Kevin completed his Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin on the subject of… Read More ›

but what did they die of?

January 14, 2013

Collections, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

Death certificates can be a gold mine for family historians. They’re fantastic sources of information and often include the stated cause of death. This can be quite handy for those… Read More ›

Findmypast Australasia now available

Findmypast Australasia now available

January 4, 2013

Collections, Family matters, New to the collection:

We are pleased to announce that Findmypast Australasia is now available at the State Library! Search over 50 million historical records, including directories, gazettes, electoral rolls, cemetery records and other… Read More ›

Salt beef, tinned carrots and haggis – the 19th century ships diet

Salt beef, tinned carrots and haggis – the 19th century ships diet

September 28, 2012

Collections, Family matters:

The current library exhibition Gusto! a culinary history of Victoria, explores the role food has played in Victoria’s history.  One food topic that’s of great interest to many family historians is… Read More ›

Stolen butter, a neglectful father and a shoe thief

Stolen butter, a neglectful father and a shoe thief

August 31, 2012

Collections, Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

One of my favourite resources in the Genealogy Centre is the historical set of Victoria Police gazettes.  The police gazettes began in December 1853 and were originally for police eyes… Read More ›

What’s Brewing?

What’s Brewing?

August 22, 2012

Collections, Family matters, Uncategorized:

If you had an ancestor who worked at the Carlton and United Breweries or if you are simply interested in the history of the Australian brewing industry,  the CUB staff… Read More ›