Night city Skyline, John Gollings

Federation Square — a brief history

October 29, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

A look back, tracing some of the history of Melbourne – on and around the site of Federation Square.

6 o'Clock. (picture). Henry Heath Glover.Image 30328102131793/2

A taste of home

October 20, 2020

Family matters:

When we think about Victoria’s food culture we usually associate it with the post World War II migrants who settled here. Their recipes, ingredients and food production techniques helped transform… Read More ›

The triumphant and tragic life of George Coulthard

The triumphant and tragic life of George Coulthard

October 13, 2020

Family matters, Victorian history:

Australian Rules Football’s first superstar George Coulthard dominated the early days of the Victorian Football Association. A supreme athlete he was also a fine cricketer, both playing and umpiring Test cricket. Sometimes, though sport’s great triumphs collide with life, and life is not always fair.

Detail of Blinky Bill and Mrs Koala, Dorothy Wall, [between 1933 and 1940?]; H2015.180/28

Blinky Bill: in the Conservation Lab

October 9, 2020

Collection Care, Conservation:

Blinky Bill has been a favourite amongst Australian children since he first made an appearance in the 1933 book Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian. A collection of drawings by author and illustrator Dorothy Wall (1894–1942) were recently acquired by the Library – several of which have come to the Conservation Lab for assessment and treatment.

The Victorian Artists’ Society: 150 years of art

The Victorian Artists’ Society: 150 years of art

October 8, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

This year the Victorian Artists’ Society, East Melbourne, celebrates its 150th anniversary. We look back at the early years of its artistic journey.

The family that grew up with the Melbourne Zoo

The family that grew up with the Melbourne Zoo

October 5, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

Learn how one family’s singular obsession with the natural world contributed to the Melbourne Zoo we know today

The secrets of Black Rock house

The secrets of Black Rock house

September 29, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

Learn about the mysteries that have surrounded Black Rock house since its construction over 160 years ago

Little Ships on the Maribyrnong River

World Rivers Day

September 22, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

We mark World Rivers Day with snapshots of Victorian rivers, celebrating some of their history and the diverse roles they play.

The Show must go on!

The Show must go on!

September 18, 2020

Social life & customs, Such was life:

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.

The riotous Williams

The riotous Williams

September 17, 2020

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Melbourne’s Elizabeth Street was once a waterway known as Williams Creek. Today, the creek runs underground, but every now and then, it returns with a vengeance…

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.