Articles by: Ana-Maria Traian

Isabella Fraser, a library pioneer

Isabella Fraser, a library pioneer

August 22, 2023

Our stories, People & professions, Victorian history:

For many decades, Victorian legislation discriminated against women who wanted to work at the library. Isabella Fraser was State Library Victoria’s first female staff member in 1908, and paved the way for the many women who have followed in her footsteps.

Paris is always a good idea

Paris is always a good idea

March 17, 2023

Ask a librarian, Cities & towns, Photography, Reference desk:

Read about the time Paris lost itself in Melbourne. Good thing we found it and gave it back to the world! Here’s the fascinating story of a collection that everyone believed to be lost.

Online Collection Spotlight: Australasian Literature Online

Online Collection Spotlight: Australasian Literature Online

January 13, 2023

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Fascinated by literature? Want to find out more about Australia and explore the rich and diverse literature of Oceania? Then dive into Australasian literature online!

Luna Park: 110 years of fun

Luna Park: 110 years of fun

December 13, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

You can’t visit Melbourne and not at least have a selfie with the iconic entrance of Luna Park, a favourite spot for fun-seekers of any age.

The woman behind London’s first daily newspaper

The woman behind London’s first daily newspaper

July 11, 2022

People & professions, Such was life:

Printer Elizabeth Mallet has her place in the ‘hall of fame’ of women who tried something new and changed the world; women who had a vision and went for it!

Melba, Queen of Song

Melba, Queen of Song

May 19, 2022

opera, Our stories, Victorian history:

Dame Nellie Melba was a legend in every possible way: her voice of an angelic purity and perfect pitch, her fame never equaled by another Australian singer, a fame which extended worldwide from the time of her international debut in Brussels in 1887 until the late 1920s when she staged her final performances.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

March 21, 2022

Collection, Collection spotlights, Events, Exhibitions:

If you listen to a poem, in any language, you understand it. Why?! Because it speaks the universal language of human emotion.

Mrs Fanny Finch takes a stand

Mrs Fanny Finch takes a stand

March 5, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Equal rights for women was a long, hard earned achievement. The path towards the freedoms we enjoy today was paved by many brave women who spoke their minds when it wasn’t an easy thing to do, who wouldn’t take NO as an answer. This article is about one of them: Fanny Finch, single mother of four, and the first known woman to vote in an Australian election.

It’s a LEGO® world

It’s a LEGO® world

January 28, 2022

Events, Exhibitions, News:

It seems like LEGO bricks have been around forever, but in fact, they didn’t hit the market until 1949! Read on to discover more about LEGO’s amazing history …

Trim, the Aussie cat

Trim, the Aussie cat

August 26, 2021

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

Adventurous, fearless, bundles of joy, cats have always accompanied their humans on their endeavours and kept their spirits high. This is such a story – Trim, the fearless Aussie cat!