Archive for 2021

The people’s playground: Eastern Beach, Geelong

The people’s playground: Eastern Beach, Geelong

December 30, 2021

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Wander down to Geelong’s Eastern Beach on a hot day over summer and you’ll be greeted by a huge crowd of sun seekers.

Santa at McCallums Wangaratta, Victoria, 1970. Photo by Le Dawn Studios. This work is in copyright; H2006.100/1738

How to train your Santa

December 20, 2021

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Have you spotted Santa in a department store lately? There’s more to being Santa than you might think! Let’s take a look at the history of department store Santas and explore what they learn at Santa School.

It’s alive! The first illustrated representation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

It’s alive! The first illustrated representation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

December 17, 2021

Collection spotlights, New books, Our stories, Rare Books & Arts:

State Library Victoria recently acquired an 1832 printing of the third edition of Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein for its Rare Book Collection.

Coming soon – the 1921 England and Wales census

Coming soon – the 1921 England and Wales census

December 16, 2021

Family matters, Research tips & tricks, Websites:

Great news for family historians. On the 6th January, the 1921 Census for England and Wales will be published online through Findmypast, in partnership with the National Archives UK. The… Read More ›

Collection Discovery

Collection Discovery

December 10, 2021

Ask a librarian, Research tips, Tips and tricks:

Introducing Collection Discovery, a new way of exploring curated collections of material digitised by the Library.

H83.230/32

Online collection spotlight: National geographic archive

December 9, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Which Australian animal has been described as “an impossible patchwork creature”?
Explore stories and pictures from around the world with our National Geographic archive.

Celebrating 30,000 maps and plans digitised at the Library

Celebrating 30,000 maps and plans digitised at the Library

December 6, 2021

Collection, News:

In recognition of a recent significant milestone, we’re exploring some highlights of our substantial Maps Collection.

Opening Doors for people with disability

Opening Doors for people with disability

December 3, 2021

Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Earlier this year, the Library acquired a photographic series which documents people living with disability, posed in their own home environment.

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.