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"Bruce Fletcher ... in the attic-like studio ... in Howard St., Glen Iris" Herald & Weekly Times Limited portrait collection. This work is in copyright. H38849/5350.

Long Tan at 50

August 18, 2016

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Half a century has now passed since Australia’s most well known battle of its decade long involvement in South Vietnam. 18 diggers were killed and another 24 were wounded in the dramatic fighting that took place in the rubber plantation near the village of Xa Long Tan on the 18th August 1966.

The Story of Miss Moppet, by Beatrix Potter, London, New York, Frederick Warne & Co., 1906. Rare J 823.912 P85M

150 years of Beatrix Potter

July 28, 2016

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This week we celebrate the 150th anniversary of beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. From Jemima Puddle-duck to Tom Kitten, we reveal some rare Potter treasures held in the Library’s Children’s Literature Collection.

The first day of the Battle of the Somme

The first day of the Battle of the Somme

June 30, 2016

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This day saw the British Army experience the single bloodiest day in its entire history, with close to 60,000 casualties, as Lord Kitchener’s inexperienced new recruits came face to face with the brutal realities of modern warfare’s industrialised killing.

Ballarat Star, 10 July 1920

Post war play creates furore in Bendigo

June 21, 2016

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On Saturday 3 July 1920, the play Advance Australia was staged at the Princess Theatre in Bendigo. Written by a local Catholic priest, John Joseph Kennedy, it would create a national furore.

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

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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.

Members of 501st Legion -  Knightfall Squad

May the 4th be with you: a Star Wars story

May 4, 2016

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The Force was strong at the Library today. Thanks to the Stormtroopers, Scouts & Jawas from the Knightfall Squad of the 501st Legion who helped us celebrate Star Wars Day (May… Read More ›

Mr William Shakespeares comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies, the second impression
London, Tho. Cotes for Robert Allot, 1632
RARESF 822.33 AZ

Celebrating the world’s most beautiful books

April 22, 2016

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This week we’re celebrating the book across the ages, from the ancient to the avant-garde with a selection of books from our Mirror of the World exhibition.

The Shakespeare Window

The Shakespeare Window

April 22, 2016

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Have you ever visited the 6th floor of the La Trobe Reading Room and gazed out over the Dome? Did you notice the Bard of Avon peering over your shoulder?

Photos by Teagan Glenane

Cataloguing the Emmerson Collection

April 15, 2016

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In April 2015, we received the most significant and valuable donation of rare books in our 160 year history: The Emmerson Collection. One year on, we look back over the extraordinary work being carried out by our rare book cataloguers Derrick Moors and Richard Overell.