Articles by: Des Cowley

Vale Frank Moorhouse

Vale Frank Moorhouse

July 7, 2022

Announcements, News, Updates:

State Library Victoria was saddened to learn this week of the death of prominent Australian writer Frank Moorhouse. Des Cowley and Maxine McKew reflect on his life and works.

Vale Petr Herel (1943 – 2022)

Vale Petr Herel (1943 – 2022)

April 5, 2022


State Library Victoria is saddened by the passing of Australian artist Petr Herel. Petr was a practicing artist for over sixty years, and was best known for his printmaking and his exquisite artist books.

Dante 700: an Australian story

Dante 700: an Australian story

September 13, 2021

Collection, Rare Books & Arts:

To mark the 700th anniversary of the death of italian poet Dante Alighieri, we’re taking a look at the illustrative interpretations of his work by Australian artists.

Portrait of Margaret Bourke taken in Kobe, Japan, in 1998 when her team finished second in the Pacific Asian Bridge Federation Women's Team Championship event.

Vale Margaret Bourke (1945–2021)

August 16, 2021

Announcements, News, Rare Books & Arts:

Des Cowley, Principal Librarian, History of the Book and Arts, shares the story of the unique and treasured Margaret and Tim Bourke Bridge collection.