There’s more to the roll! Part 1. Victorian electoral rolls, pre-federation years

There’s more to the roll! Part 1. Victorian electoral rolls, pre-federation years

January 12, 2021

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

Australian electoral rolls contain minimal information, yet they are one of the most valuable and frequently used resources by family historians, who use them extensively to trace the whereabouts of people over… Read More ›

The scientists and the cricket match

The scientists and the cricket match

January 5, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories, Victorian history:

In March 1874, Melbourne played host to an unusual cricket match, featuring some of the most pre-eminent marine biologists in the world.

Melbourne’s first newspaper

Melbourne’s first newspaper

January 1, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

On New Year’s Day, 1838, pioneer John Pascoe Fawkner published Melbourne’s first newspaper. Printing presses were scarce in the colony, so Fawkner handwrote the newspaper himself…

Bushfires: protecting your treasures

Bushfires: protecting your treasures

December 22, 2020

Collection Care, Conservation, Preservation:

It’s bushfire season again. How can you reduce the risk of loss of treasured objects before a disaster and what sort of salvage strategies can you use to recover them? If you live in an area where bushfire is an all too real possibility, it’s never too soon to start planning for their preservation.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

December 21, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

This cherished Aussie Christmas institution is now in its 82nd year, and still bringing people together across the nation.

Constitution Hill at

Conservation rejuvenates ‘Constitution Hill at Sun set’

December 15, 2020

Collection Care, Conservation:

During the Library closure, Collection Care had the opportunity of attending to the conservation treatment of one of the Library’s iconic paintings, Constitution Hill by colonial artist John Glover. Recent conservation treatment has transformed its appearance and inspired a new appreciation of this important work.

by Cassandra Austen,drawing,circa 1810

Happy birthday to Jane Austen

December 7, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

To celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday we look at how she continues to influence popular culture and explore the library’s collection of Jane Austen related material.

Getting your hands dirty with State Library Victoria

Getting your hands dirty with State Library Victoria

December 3, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories, Research tips:

The sun is shining, time to get out in the garden! There are plenty of resources at State Library Victoria to help develop your green thumb.

The punk and alternative music scenes of St Kilda (and Melbourne) in the 1970s and 1980s

The punk and alternative music scenes of St Kilda (and Melbourne) in the 1970s and 1980s

November 30, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories, Victorian history:

The Seaview Hotel in St Kilda became a spiritual home of Melbourne’s punk and alternative music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, initially due to an administrative error.

‘Behind the Paint’, Shannyn Higgins’ vibrant portraits of street artists

‘Behind the Paint’, Shannyn Higgins’ vibrant portraits of street artists

November 30, 2020

Collections:

In November 2020, the Library acquired a portrait series title Behind the Paint featuring some of Melbourne’s most iconic artists, alongside their work, shot by photographer Shannyn Higgins.

Such was life

The Show must go on!

The Show must go on!

September 18, 2020 0 comments

The Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled this year so let’s look at how it came to be- and the fun times we can look forward to next year.

Arts

The Smith Trams and Trains Collection

The Smith Trams and Trains Collection

August 6, 2020 4 comments

The Library has recently digitised hundreds of images of Victorian trams and trains captured by a visiting enthusiast in the 1960s.