Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Library’s digitisation program. From lantern slides and glass negatives to maps, posters and sheet music, our team have made more than two million files available to search, view and download online since the program began on 17 August 1990.
To celebrate a quarter of a century of digitisation, we recently launched the digital image pool, a new online resource to help you easily find images from the Library’s collection that are free of copyright restrictions. Dive in and discover almost 200,000 images, free to reuse, remix or repurpose in any way you like.
Below, we’ve selected some of our favourite images from the last 25 years, each one corresponding to the year it was digitised from 1990–2015. You can find these, and more, in our digital image pool. Enjoy!
Crowds on the beach, St Kilda, Victoria, c1920–54. Photo: Rose Stereograph Co
Bird’s-eye view of Melbourne looking east, ca. 1892-1900. Photo: Charles Rudd
Cutting down tree, 1877. Photo: N. J. Caire
Rosa Lind, ca. 1902–1912 (postcard)
Giant Tree, 80 ft. 6 ins, in circumference, near Foster, ca. 1900–1909. Pater, W. T. postcard series
Luna Park, St. Kilda, ca. 1912–1915. Shirley Jones collection of Victorian postcards
Melbourne Cricket Ground (1st January 1864). Charles Troedel & Co
Edith Mary Hardy, 1890. Photo: Vandyck Studios
The dog show at the Apollo Hall, Bourke Street, Melbourne, 1871. Publisher: Ebenezer and David Syme
The Arctic Stream’s non paying passengers in their strange surroundings, ca. 1885 and 1946. Brodie Collection, La Trobe Picture Collection
Vera Nemtchinova , 1940. Series: Colonel de Basil’s 2nd Covent Garden Ballet.
Women of the Australian Women’s Land Army at work, ca. 1941–1943. Collection: Argus newspaper collection of war photographs. World War II
Sandy Mac Dougal, 86 years old, oldest man in Harrietville, 1945. Herald & Weekly Times Limited portrait collection
‘Stanhill’ Albert Park Melbourne, Architect: Frederick Romberg, 1951. Photo: Wolfgang Sievers
One pound canister coffee with chicory label, 1871. Lithographer: Charles Troedel
Sleeping beauties, 1876. Printed and published by Stillfried & Andersen
Horse drawn wagon on country track, ca. 1910–1930. Photo: Albert Jones
Great Sphinx, ca. 1915–1918. Photo: T. P Bennett
Man reading book in bed at base camp, 1907-1931. Compiler: John King Davis
The celebrated E.E.E. Corset, ca. 1891–1900. Troedel & Co. lithographers
Urinoir en ardoise à 3 stalles, Chaussée du Maine No. 29. 1865. Photo: Charles Marville
Green Hill tennis team, ca. 1907-1914. Photo: Harold Leopold Godden
Homeward bound, 1864. Artist: ST Gill
Portraits of Winifred Craig, 1890 . Photo: Falk Studios
Wm. Sidney’s superior peppermint, High Street, Prahran, ca. 1851–1885. Edward Gilks