Articles by: Andrew McConville

Murder, mayhem and misdeeds: read all about it in the Police News

Murder, mayhem and misdeeds: read all about it in the Police News

September 18, 2019

Social life & customs, Such was life:

The ‘Police News’ had nothing to do with the police- it was a scandalous Melbourne weekly publication which relished depicting all manner of crime.

The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves

The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves

June 6, 2019

Our stories, People & professions:

In 1887, someone was stealing the State Library soap- or was it ‘someones’?

‘Here for you’: a new original artwork

‘Here for you’: a new original artwork

February 20, 2019

Our stories:

The Library forecourt has been the backdrop for 163 years of social change. Now it is emblazoned with the faces of influential change-makers from Australia’s history.

H.G. Wells in Australia

H.G. Wells in Australia

November 20, 2018

Arts & literature, Such was life:

In January 1939, HG Wells visited Australia and raised the ire of the Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons. His visit was brief, controversial and created international news.

Empress Josephine and the last emu

Empress Josephine and the last emu

July 16, 2018

Our stories:

In France, in 1822, the last surviving Australian dwarf emus died. The emus had made the unlikely journey from their their homes on Kangaroo and King Islands to the splendid gardens of Empress Josephine Bonaparte’s Malmaison.

Love, conflict, religion, politics, tragedy…

Love, conflict, religion, politics, tragedy…

May 16, 2018

People & professions, Such was life:

A minister of religion and a young lady confronted by a rejected suitor and his angry mother, a court case, battles over alcohol laws, fiery preaching, love, tragedy and death. Just one small story in the pages of Trove historical newspapers.

Kooyong’s greatest hits

Kooyong’s greatest hits

February 13, 2018

Arts, Music:

Some of Kooyong’s greatest hits weren’t from the racquets of John Newcombe or Billie Jean King but from that select group of the world’s greatest rock stars whose performances at the stadium were as incendiary as a McEnroe meltdown, as graceful as a Goolagong backhand, as rock steady as the Borg baseline game.

Research Guides – get the best information

Research Guides – get the best information

December 18, 2017

Our stories:

Our Library has developed a wide range of online research guides to assist our patrons unravel the complexity and cut through the online white noise in order to access the best information for your interests and research tasks. Topics range from frequent research tasks, to tasks and interests that are regular but not frequent. They make complex subjects and collections more easily accessible, navigable and useable.

Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer ALMA 93.2/34

The life and death of master magician Chung Ling Soo

September 20, 2017

Arts, Our stories, Performing Arts:

Magician William Ellsworth Robinson left behind his plain name and New York background and reinvented himself as the Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer, complete with an imaginative and fictitious life story, In the great days of vaudeville he achieved world fame and in 1909 embarked on a wildly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A decade later, still at the height of his career, Chung Ling Soo was mortally wounded on stage undertaking his sensational bullet catch trick.

Fish named after men

Fish named after men

June 29, 2017

People & professions, Such was life:

Melbourne in the 1850s had a small but ambitious scientific community. One particularly idiosyncratic member of that community was William Blandowski, a man often at odds with the scientific establishment. He found himself embroiled in controversy with his choice of names for newly described Murray River fish.