Articles by: Paul

Public images of World War I: myth & reality

Public images of World War I: myth & reality

July 7, 2015

Such was life, War:

Read an extract from a talk by war correspondent and author Jill Jolliffe on the reporting of World War I and, in particular, the work of official historian C.E.W. Bean.

The SLV paper run

The SLV paper run

June 26, 2015

Collection, Our stories:

So we’ve all heard that newspapers are on their last legs, right? To be replaced entirely by digital editions? Well the Library still receives about 280 papers each week.

Tiger in the goldfields

Tiger in the goldfields

June 9, 2015

People & professions, Such was life:

Ballarat: Sunday 8th July, 1855: ‘Got home and found the tent afloat and my blankets wet…Kindled fire and cleaned up tent. Boiled kettle and prepared supper. Ironing my blankets, I burned one of them.’

Moomba

Moomba

March 3, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Melbourne’s Moomba festival first took place in March 1955 and was initiated to liven up Melbourne and attract tourists.

Victoria’s early horse trams

Victoria’s early horse trams

November 19, 2014

Social life & customs, Such was life:

In 1884 Melbourne’s first tramway- a horse tramway in Fairfield- was built to promote land sales in the area (100 years of Melbourne’s trams, pg 1). Two horses pulled a carriage containing… Read More ›

Elves and fairies by Ethel Jackson Morris

Elves and fairies by Ethel Jackson Morris

September 12, 2014

Arts & literature, Such was life:

For many months a charming illustration of a fairy child and a kookaburra has graced the walls of the Library’s Cowen Gallery in the exhibition Once upon a time: a… Read More ›

Echuca’s anniversary

Echuca’s anniversary

September 2, 2014

Cities & towns, Such was life:

In 1864 the railway connecting Melbourne to Echuca opened. This had an enormous effect on the town, with the resultant increase in trade turning Echuca into Australia’s largest inland port.

Melbourne’s historic skyline

Melbourne’s historic skyline

August 19, 2014

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

Melbourne’s skyline developed rapidly once the first passenger lifts were installed. The L. Stevenson & Sons warehouse in Flinders Lane had two of the first hydraulic goods lifts installed in… Read More ›

First shot fired!

First shot fired!

August 1, 2014

Such was life, War:

On 5 August 1914, the day Australians learnt of the declaration of war, the German trading ship SS Pfalz was just leaving Port Phillip Bay. The ship had originally planned… Read More ›

Olde Melbourne guidebooks

Olde Melbourne guidebooks

July 21, 2014

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Wondering what the cab fare rate was in Melbourne in 1973? Or the opening hours of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1911? Or where must imported explosives be unloaded in 1925? … Read More ›