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When Spanish Flu came to Victoria

When Spanish Flu came to Victoria

September 28, 2021

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

Spanish flu arrived in Australia in January 1919. With masks, closures, quarantine, inter-governmental squabbles and death, the events of a century ago resonate very keenly today.

Kermit reads a book about frogs

Online Collection Spotlight: Britannica Kids

September 27, 2021

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What do frogs and salamanders have in common? What’s the largest coral reef on Earth? And who wrote the picture book, ‘Possum Magic’? The Britannica Kids online encyclopaedia doesn’t just offer answers to these questions.

Online Collection Spotlight: World’s Fairs

Online Collection Spotlight: World’s Fairs

September 22, 2021

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What do Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle and Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building all have in common? Read on to find out!

Victoria through the ages: the boom years

Victoria through the ages: the boom years

September 16, 2021

Collection spotlights:

In the 1880s, Victoria experienced an unprecedented property bubble. When it eventually burst, it left the economy in tatters.

Journey through the collection: swinging ‘60s Melbourne through the lens of Henry Talbot

Journey through the collection: swinging ‘60s Melbourne through the lens of Henry Talbot

September 10, 2021

Collection spotlights, Photography, Visual arts:

Muse over the iconic, mid-century photographs of Henry Talbot. Featuring the fashion and advertising world of 1950s and 60s Melbourne.

Journey through the collection: Rick Amor

Journey through the collection: Rick Amor

September 3, 2021

Collection spotlights, Painting:

These works by Rick Amor depict a quiet Port Phillip Bay, where constructions stand among nature, bearing the stains of passing time.

Read all about it!

Read all about it!

August 30, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories, Victorian history:

From as far back as the 1850s, newsboys were a common sight on the streets of Melbourne. Most were poor and many were illiterate. But they were not without their friends and allies…

Trim, the Aussie cat

Trim, the Aussie cat

August 26, 2021

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

Adventurous, fearless, bundles of joy, cats have always accompanied their humans on their endeavours and kept their spirits high. This is such a story – Trim, the fearless Aussie cat!

Burke and Wills and Strutt.

Burke and Wills and Strutt.

August 18, 2021

Such was life, Victorian history:

William Strutt’s painting of the Burke and Wills expedition captures the daunting task facing the explorers.

Pigeon messengers of World War I

Pigeon messengers of World War I

July 22, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

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.