Such was life

Digitising newspapers

Digitising newspapers

August 19, 2015

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Our stories, Such was life:

Learn how the Library digitises newspapers; from selection of titles through conservation to the scanning of the pages.

The slums of Melbourne

The slums of Melbourne

August 6, 2015

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Social life & customs, Such was life:

As far back as the 1850s, slums existed in inner city Melbourne. In the 1930s, Frederick Barnett began taking photos of the slums, using them in a push for social reform.

The great flood of 1891

The great flood of 1891

July 20, 2015

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Buildings & streets, Such was life:

In July 1891, non stop rain over a weekend saw the Yarra break its bank and flood surrounding suburbs- leaving thousands homeless.

Public images of World War I: myth & reality

Public images of World War I: myth & reality

July 7, 2015

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Such was life, War:

Read an extract from a talk by war correspondent and author Jill Jolliffe on the reporting of World War I and, in particular, the work of official historian C.E.W. Bean.

Rev Wong with children in Collingwood, holding oranges. Photographer: T. W. Cameron

Lights and shades of city life

June 19, 2015

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People & professions, Such was life:

In the 1920s Reverend George Wong was a minister at the Collingwood Methodist Church, helping the poor, teaching at kindergarten and lecturing around Victoria about the life of Melbourne’s poor with the help of a limelight projector.

Tiger in the goldfields

Tiger in the goldfields

June 9, 2015

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People & professions, Such was life:

Ballarat: Sunday 8th July, 1855: ‘Got home and found the tent afloat and my blankets wet…Kindled fire and cleaned up tent. Boiled kettle and prepared supper. Ironing my blankets, I burned one of them.’

A Melbourne love affair

A Melbourne love affair

May 19, 2015

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Social life & customs, Such was life:

Melbourne’s love affair with coffee has been long-term, passionate, and sometimes controversial.

The Alan K Jordan collection of photographs

The Alan K Jordan collection of photographs

May 4, 2015

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Social life & customs, Such was life:

The Library has recently digitized a collection of photographs of homeless people from the 1960s and 1970s.

The Waler; a war horse

The Waler; a war horse

April 22, 2015

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Such was life, War:

Walers became legendary with the Australian Light Horse for their feats of endurance and bravery on the battle field during WWI.

Dan Morgan: bushranger

Dan Morgan: bushranger

April 7, 2015

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People & professions, Such was life, Uncategorized:

It is 150 years since the death of the bushranger known as Dan Morgan.