Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

November 26, 2021

Collection spotlights, Victorian history, Visual arts:

A little sketchbook with a lot of stories. How did the newsworthy events of the 1880s go from pocket sketches to newspaper illustrations?

La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria

A poem for the dome

November 25, 2021

News:

Writer, poet and broadcaster Alicia Sometimes has penned a touching poem dedicated to the La Trobe Reading Room.

Australia’s own car

Australia’s own car

November 25, 2021

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

On 29 November, 1948, the first Holden motor car was unveiled at General Motors Holden (GMH). The launch of the Holden was a watershed moment for the nation: it represented the first time a motor vehicle had been wholly built in Australia.

Stuart Macintyre, courtesy of Melbourne University Publishing

Vale Professor Stuart Forbes Macintyre, AO

November 24, 2021

Announcements, News:

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing this week of eminent historian and Friend of the Library, Cultural member and former Library Board member Professor Stuart Forbes Macintyre, AO.

The early days of television in Victoria

The early days of television in Victoria

November 19, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

A brief look at the preparation and early days of television broadcasting in Victoria, how ‘the box’ was made and became a part of everyday life.

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Online collection spotlight: Food and drink in history

November 12, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Do you have a fondness for fondue, a preference for piroshki, a hankering for empanadas, or wish to savour strudel? Well, our Food and Drink in History database has these recipes and many, many more from many countries and many eras. The database explores the historical evolution of food and drink through the ages and through cultures across the world. 

Vale Sir James Gobbo, AC, CVO, QC.

Vale Sir James Gobbo, AC, CVO, QC.

November 9, 2021

Announcements, News:

State Library Victoria is saddened by the passing of Sir James Gobbo, AC, CVO, QC., 25th Governor of Victoria.

Spooky stories from the Library

Spooky stories from the Library

October 29, 2021

News:

In celebration of the spooky season, we asked staff at the Library to share some eerie, mysterious and spine-chilling tales from their years, and sometimes decades, walking its historic halls.

Researching religion and spirituality at the State Library

Researching religion and spirituality at the State Library

October 29, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Discover the diverse collection of works on religion and spirituality held at the State Library Victoria – they are for everyone no matter what path you travel.

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

October 22, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The Mahlstedt Fire Insurance Plans show Melbourne’s CBD in precise detail. Learn how these incredible resources can be used to track changes to the city throughout the years.

Such was life

The Library’s virtual volunteers

The Library’s virtual volunteers

October 19, 2021 7 comments

Some of the Library’s volunteers have been correcting the text of digitised historical Victorian newspapers, and in so doing, revealing more about our past.

Arts

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

November 26, 2021 1 comment

A little sketchbook with a lot of stories. How did the newsworthy events of the 1880s go from pocket sketches to newspaper illustrations?