Articles by: Kylie Best

‘Put out that light!’ Brownout Melbourne during World War II

‘Put out that light!’ Brownout Melbourne during World War II

March 1, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

In 1942, amidst fears of aerial enemy attack, Melbourne’s homefront was in the grip of brownout. These were tumultuous times, and the city hummed with wartime preparations, and thousands of American service personnel. At the same time, a killer stalked in the shadows.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

December 21, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

This cherished Aussie Christmas institution is now in its 82nd year, and still bringing people together across the nation.

The family that grew up with the Melbourne Zoo

The family that grew up with the Melbourne Zoo

October 5, 2020

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

Learn how one family’s singular obsession with the natural world contributed to the Melbourne Zoo we know today

The secrets of Black Rock house

The secrets of Black Rock house

September 29, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

Learn about the mysteries that have surrounded Black Rock house since its construction over 160 years ago

Melbourne celebrates Victory in the Pacific Day

Melbourne celebrates Victory in the Pacific Day

August 14, 2020

Social life & customs, Such was life, War:

Melbourne has likely never seen such an outbreak of spontaneous rejoicing and mass celebration, as it did on Victory in the Pacific Day, August 15 1945.

The grandstand in Beech Forest

The grandstand in Beech Forest

July 13, 2020

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Reference desk, Victorian history:

A grandstand made out of a tree stump? A racecourse in a forest? Join us as we ponder our question of the week.

The marvellous and macabre Waxworks, part two: sideshow magic and human curiosities

The marvellous and macabre Waxworks, part two: sideshow magic and human curiosities

May 4, 2020

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Part two of the story of the Melbourne Waxworks, featuring a water nymph, the Chinese giant and the ‘half lady’ illusion.

The marvellous and macabre Waxworks, part one: ‘…the more murderers, the more it thrives.’

The marvellous and macabre Waxworks, part one: ‘…the more murderers, the more it thrives.’

March 4, 2020

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Before true crime podcasts and books on serial killers, where did Melburnians go for their taste of the macabre? To the waxworks of course.

‘I’m the boy that brings the news, so a Christmas box I won’t refuse.’

‘I’m the boy that brings the news, so a Christmas box I won’t refuse.’

December 13, 2019

People & professions, Social life & customs, Such was life:

Don’t forget the postie, milkman and garbo!

Fighting Jack: Melbourne’s first boxing kangaroo

Fighting Jack: Melbourne’s first boxing kangaroo

December 31, 2018

Social life & customs, Such was life:

What are the origins of our national sporting symbol, the boxing kangaroo?