Such was life

Queen’s wharf

Queen’s wharf

March 22, 2016

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

In the 1840s a burgeoning Melbourne needed a robust wharf, one to replace the current bog built over swamps.

Law making and breaking in colonial Victoria

Law making and breaking in colonial Victoria

March 9, 2016

People & professions, Social life & customs, Such was life, Tips and tricks:

Criminals, crime and justice in colonial Victoria!

The discovery of a plan

The discovery of a plan

February 17, 2016

Buildings & streets, People & professions, Such was life:

Edna Walling created beautiful watercolour designs of her gardens and now Manuscripts staff have just discovered another one, found in the papers of a former Victorian Premier.

State Library Victoria: open for 160 years

State Library Victoria: open for 160 years

February 11, 2016

Cities & towns, Such was life:

On the Library’s 160th birthday we look at events which have shaped Victoria since 1856.

Our women

Our women

January 24, 2016

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Our women was a magazine in the 1950s and ’60s which focused on the social issues, contributions and opinions of women in Australia.

Chess in Victoria

Chess in Victoria

December 28, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

The Library’s Chess Collection reflects Victorian’s long enthusiasm for the game.

H98.100/3885. "Sgt. G. Spedding enjoying Christmas dinner at Caulfield Military Hospital". ca. 1940-ca. 1941.

A very Argus Christmas

December 18, 2015

Such was life, War:

The Library’s Argus Collection consists of thousands of newspaper photographs, mainly related to WW1 and WW2, many of which have been digitised.

The Howard Arkley Archive

The Howard Arkley Archive

December 14, 2015

People & professions, Such was life:

Howard Arkley (1951-1999) is acknowledged as one of the most important artists in contemporary Australian art. His archive was acquired by the Library in 2011 and consists of hundreds of drawings, sketches, watercolours, photographs and diaries which give insights into Arkley’s planning processes, influences and reading.

The little blue building

The little blue building

December 4, 2015

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

There’s a little blue building outside Flinders Street Station. ‘When was it built?’, a curious library patron asked. The question led me to some interesting research involving milk cans, viaduct vaults and bananas.

The map that changed the world

The map that changed the world

November 17, 2015

People & professions, Such was life:

This year marks the bicentenary of the publication of the first geological map of England and Wales, laying the foundations for geological surveys across the world.