Articles by: Blair Gatehouse

Online collection spotlight: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Online collection spotlight: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

April 9, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The women’s movement, the advent of television, rock and roll, the gay rights movement, the Vietnam War: explore photographs and documents bringing the turbulent 50s, 60s and 70s to life.

Stephanie Alexander in her kitchen, photographer unknown (MS 13338, Box 16, File 7)

A culinary archive: discovering Stephanie’s

March 25, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

The 1970s and 80s saw a dramatic change in Melbourne’s restaurant scene. One of the most influential restaurants of this period was Stephanie Alexander’s restaurant, Stephanie’s. Through menus, photographs, recipes, notebooks and more, the Stephanie Alexander collection provides a taste of what it was like to eat at Stephanie’s in its heyday.

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.

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

October 22, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The Mahlstedt Fire Insurance Plans show Melbourne’s CBD in precise detail. Learn how these incredible resources can be used to track changes to the city throughout the years.

Dancing above the tracks: The VRI Ballroom at Flinders Street Station

Dancing above the tracks: The VRI Ballroom at Flinders Street Station

June 28, 2021

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Many Melburnians are surprised to learn that high above the bustle of Flinders Street Station sits a ballroom that has been largely unused since the early 1980s.