New program to kickstart creative startups

New program to kickstart creative startups

June 7, 2018

News:

Victorian creativity and business nous are set to combine with the announcement of Foundry658, a new Victorian Government business development program aimed to kickstart the next generation of creative and cultural businesses.

Why can’t I find my ancestor?

Why can’t I find my ancestor?

August 9, 2018

Family matters:

When searching for family history records it’s not unusual to encounter ‘brick walls’ or barriers. In an earlier blog post `I know their name so why can’t I find them’… Read More ›

Are you being served?

Are you being served?

August 8, 2018

Such was life:

Step back in time to the old-fashioned servo, where consumer choice was de rigueur, and service was king.

The breaking of the drought: silent movies and photography

The breaking of the drought: silent movies and photography

July 30, 2018

Arts & literature, Such was life:

The Library has digitised some wonderful photographs taken during the filming of the 1920 Australian silent movie, ‘The breaking of the drought.’ Melodrama, song, dance, water ballet, seduction, ruin and redemption; this movie has it all. And a happy ending too.

Family History & Newspaper room – courtyard closure

Family History & Newspaper room – courtyard closure

July 30, 2018

Family matters:

As part of the Library’s Vision 2020 redevelopment work, the Family History & Newspaper  room will be closed from Friday 24 August to Thursday 20 September. During this time, collection… Read More ›

Australia’s golden age of cycling

Australia’s golden age of cycling

July 20, 2018

Exhibitions, Our stories, People & professions, Uncategorized:

Cheering echoed throughout the streets of Sydney in November 1937 as some 60,000 people gathered along the last 80 kilometres of Hubert Opperman’s epic trans-continental ride. Once as famous as cricketer Don Bradman, endurance cyclist ‘Oppy’ is currently featured in the Changing face of Victoria exhibition. Discover objects from his career, loaned to us by Museums Victoria.

Empress Josephine and the last emu

Empress Josephine and the last emu

July 16, 2018

Our stories:

In France, in 1822, the last surviving Australian dwarf emus died. The emus had made the unlikely journey from their their homes on Kangaroo and King Islands to the splendid gardens of Empress Josephine Bonaparte’s Malmaison.

Books celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018

Books celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018

July 12, 2018

Our stories:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women empower past generations and pave the way for future generations of Indigenous Australians. This selection of recent books by Indigenous Australian women reflects the literary achievements of Indigenous women and their gift of empowerment to children.

fairy The babes asleep in the wood

Early history of movable and pop-up books

July 3, 2018

Arts & literature, Our stories:

Pop-up books enthral readers for many reasons: their ingenuity, their beauty, and because they challenge the two-dimensional nature of printed books. Explore the range of paper engineering mechanisms that have been used in books for more than 700 years.

NAIDOC Week 2018: ‘Because of her, we can!’ ebooks

NAIDOC Week 2018: ‘Because of her, we can!’ ebooks

July 3, 2018

Our stories:

This NAIDOC Week, be inspired by stories and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, available as ebooks. Whether you live in Melbourne or Manangatang, log in from home with your State Library card number and start reading.

An assortment of gadgetry and materials used in the Wolbers workshop

The game changer: advances in paper conservation

June 28, 2018

Our stories:

Paper is inherently fragile and unforgiving. Our Conservation team, faced with a variety of stains resulting from light damage, poor storage, natural ageing and tape use, work to reduce the rate of deterioration and lengthen the life of paper collection items. Learn about new methods of washing and stain reduction that have recently transformed their work with paper objects.

Such was life

Are you being served?

Are you being served?

August 8, 2018 3 comments

Step back in time to the old-fashioned servo, where consumer choice was de rigueur, and service was king.

Arts

Polydor; Universal Music Australia, 2011

New listening in Arts: great winter selections

June 22, 2018 0 comments

Warm up the coldest winter with some great new arrivals in pop, rock, jazz, musical theatre and film soundtracks featuring these wonderful additions to the Library’s music collection.