Central map showing streets and allotments, surrounded by text. The text says there are 45 allotments, trains every ten minutes, and that the deposit required is ten pounds. Dalley’s Orchard (Riversdale Road, Henrietta Street and Marian Street), 1884

Online collection spotlight: Batten and Percy Auction Plans

July 19, 2024

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As Melbourne began to be subdividen in the late nineteenth century, real estate agents produced maps and advertisements to advertise these land sales. In this blog post we take a closer look at these digitised plans and the sort of information they can reveal.

Houdini visits Australia

Houdini visits Australia

July 12, 2024

Arts & literature, Such was life:

Houdini remains one of the world’s most famous entertainers. He toured Australia in 1910, performing his feats of escapology in Melbourne and Sydney, diving into the Yarra handcuffed and chained, completing the first powered flight in Australia, and becoming embroiled in a dispute with world champion boxer Tommy Burns about the proprietorship of the milk can escape.

Pro Feminis a Feminis: Dr Constance Stone and her hospital ‘for women, run by women’

Pro Feminis a Feminis: Dr Constance Stone and her hospital ‘for women, run by women’

July 5, 2024

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On the 125th anniversary of its opening, we take a look at the story of the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and its founder, Constance Stone – the first woman to be registered as a doctor in Australia.

Trapped in the snow: Alpine huts and the story of Cleve Cole

Trapped in the snow: Alpine huts and the story of Cleve Cole

June 28, 2024

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From as early as 1860, cattlemen built huts on Victoria’s high plain to protect themselves from the elements. In 1937 the Cleve Cole memorial hut was built to honour a lost Victorian skiing pioneer. Read on to discover this piece of Victoria’s alpine history.

Online Collection Spotlight: the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)

Online Collection Spotlight: the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO)

June 22, 2024

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The Analysis & Policy Observatory draws together high level research reports across public policy ranging from science and technology, the natural and built environment, to health, education and social issues.

Our favourite State Library spaces

Our favourite State Library spaces

June 19, 2024

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Our librarians share what they love about their favourite spaces at State Library Victoria.

Snaps and stories: photo albums

Snaps and stories: photo albums

June 14, 2024

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Covering a myriad of experiences – these albums range from the European grand tour, to the snaps, taken over many years recording working lives – places and faces; flower and vegetable gardens, and much loved pets.

Online Collection Spotlight – Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

Online Collection Spotlight – Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

May 17, 2024

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Discover some of the official history of displaced persons and refugees in the post World War 2 period.

Kathleen Gawler: Uncovering a local connection

Kathleen Gawler: Uncovering a local connection

May 10, 2024

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Librarian Daniel Giddens discovers a local connection through the photograph albums of Kathleen Gawler, WWI nurse with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve.

row of books on the shelf, with spines facing out

Discovering Dewey – 641.5 and beyond

April 30, 2024

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Welcome to ‘Discovering Dewey’ – an occasional series revealing some of the books behind the numbers. Today we join librarian Jane Miller as she explores the rich array of cookbooks held in the Library’s catacombs at call number 641.5

Such was life

Houdini visits Australia

Houdini visits Australia

July 12, 2024 0 comments

Houdini remains one of the world’s most famous entertainers. He toured Australia in 1910, performing his feats of escapology in Melbourne and Sydney, diving into the Yarra handcuffed and chained, completing the first powered flight in Australia, and becoming embroiled in a dispute with world champion boxer Tommy Burns about the proprietorship of the milk can escape.

Arts

Nineteenth century Victorians

Nineteenth century Victorians

December 31, 2023 5 comments

The Etkins collection consists of wonderful portraits of people and places throughout 19th century Victoria.