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Fireworks in Little Bourke street

Fireworks in Little Bourke street

August 4, 2020

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There’s an air of intrigue around these deserted Chinese shopfronts, captured by artist Eric Thake in Melbourne during World War II

Victorian patents: a window on the past

Victorian patents: a window on the past

July 23, 2020

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From the world’s first commercial ice-making machine to a cycling skirt made especially for women, the Library’s collection of Victorian patents is a fascinating window into the lives of our forebears

The grandstand in Beech Forest

The grandstand in Beech Forest

July 13, 2020

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

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Joan Lindsay’s mysterious ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’

July 6, 2020

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‘Everyone agreed the day was just right for the picnic to Hanging Rock…’

The day the Sea Fury came to visit

The day the Sea Fury came to visit

May 18, 2020

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It’s not every day that you see an aeroplane parked outside the Library, but this was the sight that greeted Victorians when they came to visit in 1953.