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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 ›

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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.

Behind the lens of the Library’s studio photographer

Behind the lens of the Library’s studio photographer

March 7, 2016

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The Library’s imaging studio is home to two full-time photographers and a studio supervisor. We handle the high end digitisation of a variety of collection items for public orders, digitising projects and other library requests. A day in the studio is never dull.

Celebrating Indigenous children’s books

Celebrating Indigenous children’s books

February 15, 2016

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The Legends of Moonie Jarl (1964) was the first Indigenous children’s book published in Australia. Here, Juliet O’Conor explores this extraordinary book and the contemporary diversity of Indigenous children’s literature.

Joan of Arc / Jeanne d’Arc, Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910)

Melbourne’s Joan of Arc

February 1, 2016

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Melbourne’s Maid of Orléans arrived at Port Melbourne from Marseilles on 28 January 1907. Here, Pictures Librarian Gerard Hayes traces Joan’s history from a Francophile rallying point to the mysterious case of a missing crown.