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Autumn delights: Trial databases on travel, trailblazers and more!

Autumn delights: Trial databases on travel, trailblazers and more!

April 19, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Collections:

From new content in the Food and Drink in History database to three new databases available on trial, there’s plenty to discover online this Autumn. Trial databases cover empire studies, travel adventures of women in the 19th and 20th centuries, and trailblazing female forerunners in history. Explore and share your feedback!

Humans of Melbourne, 1930s style

Humans of Melbourne, 1930s style

April 16, 2022

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

The Library holds a set of images with a particularly intriguing name – Street characters: a series of photographs taken of Melbourne street personalities, about 1930. They are compelling snapshots of the social fabric of Melbourne at that time, images of characters long gone, likely long forgotten, their stories spent.

Searching through time: Melbourne newspaper card indexes

Searching through time: Melbourne newspaper card indexes

April 12, 2022

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The newspaper card indexes at State Library Victoria can provide vital clues when researching Melbourne’s not so distant past.

Online collection spotlight: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Online collection spotlight: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

April 9, 2022

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The women’s movement, the advent of television, rock and roll, the gay rights movement, the Vietnam War: explore photographs and documents bringing the turbulent 50s, 60s and 70s to life.

Edna Walling: wild at heart

Edna Walling: wild at heart

April 2, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

Edna Walling was a trailblazing Australian garden designer of the 20th century. Her passion, uncompromising vision and way with words changed the way we think about our gardens.

The Gerritsen Collection & Dr Aletta H. Jacobs: a pioneer of women’s history & visionary

The Gerritsen Collection & Dr Aletta H. Jacobs: a pioneer of women’s history & visionary

March 28, 2022

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There are many names in the history of feminism and women’s rights but, unlike Mary Wollstonecraft, Vida Goldstein or Emmeline Pankhurst, the name Dr. Aletta. H. Jacobs (1854-1929) is little known, even though many of her papers have been collected by UNESCO in their Memory of the World archive.

Stephanie Alexander in her kitchen, photographer unknown (MS 13338, Box 16, File 7)

A culinary archive: discovering Stephanie’s

March 25, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

The 1970s and 80s saw a dramatic change in Melbourne’s restaurant scene. One of the most influential restaurants of this period was Stephanie Alexander’s restaurant, Stephanie’s. Through menus, photographs, recipes, notebooks and more, the Stephanie Alexander collection provides a taste of what it was like to eat at Stephanie’s in its heyday.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

March 21, 2022

Collection, Collection spotlights, Events, Exhibitions:

If you listen to a poem, in any language, you understand it. Why?! Because it speaks the universal language of human emotion.

Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841): Artist, traveller, wife and mother

Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841): Artist, traveller, wife and mother

March 18, 2022

Collection spotlights, Our stories:

This year in our World of the book exhibition, we celebrate the life and work of the artist Elizabeth Gould with a display including one of three rare original watercolours by Elizabeth from the Library’s collection. 

Family group, ca. 1870 to 1880. Families of five or more children were common in the Victorian era. [H2005.34/2086]

Online collection spotlight: The Malthusian, a collection in the Women’s Studies Archive

March 13, 2022

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Overpopulation was a huge social problem in 19th century Britain. Trailblazers like Annie Besant were tireless campaigners for the improvement of living conditions, birth control, and women’s rights. The Malthusian gives us a vivid lens into the living conditions of the poor, and a fascinating insight into the population issues from 1879 to 1921, which laid the groundwork for social reform in the twentieth century.