Articles by: Barbara Carswell

The lighthouse, Cape Schanck, Vic., [ca.1917] Shirley Jones collection of Victorian postcards. H90.140/264.

Beacons of hope: Victorian lighthouses

August 26, 2022

Victorian history:

Standing tall on rugged coastlines, lighthouses captivate the imagination. Dotting the Victorian coastline, they were lifesavers for ships navigating treacherous seas, seeking a safe harbour.

The Chalet, winter, Mt. Buffalo 9Vic.) [1910]

Mount Buffalo Chalet: the island in the sky

June 1, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Over 110 years old, picturesque Mount Buffalo Chalet sits atop a plateau in the Mount Buffalo National Park. This grand old lady has provided a leisurely holiday escape for almost one hundred years. Little wonder that for decades, Victorians made the chalet their favourite winter and summer retreat.

Family group, ca. 1870 to 1880. Families of five or more children were common in the Victorian era. [H2005.34/2086]

Online Collection Spotlight: The Malthusian, a collection in the Women’s Studies Archive

March 13, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Overpopulation was a huge social problem in 19th century Britain. Trailblazers like Annie Besant were tireless campaigners for the improvement of living conditions, birth control, and women’s rights. The Malthusian gives us a vivid lens into the living conditions of the poor, and a fascinating insight into the population issues from 1879 to 1921, which laid the groundwork for social reform in the twentieth century.

Play the Game: Summer beach camps

Play the Game: Summer beach camps

January 15, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

A stronger, more inclusive society. This was the vision for the Lord Somers and Lord Mayor’s camps, bringing children from all corners of Victoria, and all walks of life together for summer seaside adventures.

Pigeon messengers of World War I

Pigeon messengers of World War I

July 22, 2021

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It may be hard to believe today, but the humble pigeon played a heroic role as messenger in World War I, braving heavy artillery fire and poisonous gas to deliver messages between the front line and headquarters.

The Victorian Artists’ Society: 150 years of art

The Victorian Artists’ Society: 150 years of art

October 8, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

This year the Victorian Artists’ Society, East Melbourne, celebrates its 150th anniversary. We look back at the early years of its artistic journey.

Victorian patents: a window on the past

Victorian patents: a window on the past

July 23, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

From the world’s first commercial ice-making machine to a cycling skirt made especially for women, the Library’s collection of Victorian patents is a fascinating window into the lives of our forebears

Medieval lives: Working women in English society, 1300–1500

Medieval lives: Working women in English society, 1300–1500

March 29, 2019

Our stories, People & professions:

Until the late 20th century, the important role played by medieval women in the peasant household was largely ignored by historians.

Portrait of Mme de Staël, Marie Eléonore Godefroid

Madame de Staël, liberal thinker and writer of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic periods

November 28, 2017

Our stories:

Madame de Staël was one of the most fascinating, intelligent and influential women of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic years. Brilliant, passionate and intense, she lived life through her passion for politics and love at the highest levels of society.

M0014782 Nikola Tesla, with his equipment
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Nikola Tesla, with his equipment for
producing high-frequency alternating currents.
Inscribed: 'To my illustrious friend Sir William Crookes of whom I always think and whose kind letters I never answer! Nikola Tesla June 17, 1901'
Photograph
1901 Published:  - 

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Nikola Tesla: the man who gave electricity to the world

July 10, 2017

Our stories:

Nikola Tesla was an electrical genius. He was a visionary who captured the imagination of engineers, entrepreneurs and the public with his futuristic concepts and vivid demonstrations of the power of electricity.