‘Such is life,’ bushranger Ned Kelly is reputed to have said in his final moments. These words are also a great way of defining history, and history (specifically Australian history) is what this blog is all about.

Here we’ll explore Australian histories found in the collections of the State Library of Victoria. We’ll highlight both new acquisitions and classic resources, including:

  • books
  • journals
  • newspapers
  • manuscripts
  • pictures
  • maps
  • ephemera

We will showcase resources that are available online, and those sitting in our stacks just waiting to be discovered.

To help you to find historical material we will provide research tips and point you to helpful research guides. We’ll also tell you about upcoming history-related events.

In the future we will invite researchers to talk about their use of the collections, and the stories that they have been able to uncover. We hope that this blog will bring together the Library’s communities of Australian history researchers, and help you to connect with each other’s writing and expertise.

This blog is produced by the librarians in the State Library of Victoria’s Australian History and Literature team, and other staff who work with the Library’s historical collections.

The graphic used in our Such was life title art is taken from Near our camp at Spewah, Sep. 12. 60, a watercolour created by Ludwig Becker during the Burke and Wills expedition.

Your comments and questions are very welcome.