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Committee Groups of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom with Disarmament Petition ready to go to Geneva, 1931, Herald Feature Service; MS9377/PHO4

Female writers, forbidden books and a fascinating romp through history: Trialling new Gale databases

February 28, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Collections, Our stories:

Our latest trial databases are treasure troves of historical material which surface stories of and by traditionally underrepresented and marginalised people. Should these form part of our collection? Let us know what you think.

‘Iceberg’ Irvine and the Kyabram Movement

‘Iceberg’ Irvine and the Kyabram Movement

February 25, 2022

Our stories, Victorian history:

In late 1901, locals in Kyabram found a common cause in government extravagance. Politician William ‘Iceberg’ Irvine saw an opportunity in aligning with the Kyabram Movement.

Riverside delights on the Yarra

Riverside delights on the Yarra

February 18, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Ratty, Wind in the Willows. A relic of a time when much of early Melbourne’s leisure and recreational activity revolved around the Birrarung | Yarra river, the Studley Park boathouse is the oldest continually operating boathouse on the Yarra, possibly the oldest in Victoria.

Online collection spotlight: Gale literature

Online collection spotlight: Gale literature

February 13, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The Gale Literature database draws together full text reviews and analysis of literature from around the world. It is exceptionally useful for students, bibliophiles, book clubbers or the casual reader.

Lion at large on Little Collins

Lion at large on Little Collins

February 10, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

A lion wandering down Little Collins Street? Not something you see every day, but this is exactly the scene that Melburnians witnessed on the 11th of February 1911 after a magic trick did not go quite as planned.

Collection Discovery tips: Sands & McDougall’s directories

Collection Discovery tips: Sands & McDougall’s directories

February 7, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Tips and tricks:

Explore Sands & McDougall’s directories with Collection Discovery. Find out what’s new and how to view and download in the image viewer.

Captain Kenney’s bathing ship

Captain Kenney’s bathing ship

February 6, 2022

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

There were several ‘sea baths’ at St Kilda in the 19th century, but none were more famous than Captain Kenney’s bathing ship, the Nancy.

Play the Game: Summer beach camps

Play the Game: Summer beach camps

January 15, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

A stronger, more inclusive society. This was the vision for the Lord Somers and Lord Mayor’s camps, bringing children from all corners of Victoria, and all walks of life together for summer seaside adventures.

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Online collection spotlight: Oxford reference online

January 14, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

In Mozart’s opera ‘The marriage of Figaro’ who married Figaro?
The world at your fingertips! Explore the riches of the Oxford Reference Online collection.

Melbourne’s first Exhibition Building

Melbourne’s first Exhibition Building

January 7, 2022

Ask a librarian, Our stories:

Melbourne’s grand glass Exhibition Hall, built for a 1854 Exhibition and inspired by London’s famous Crystal Palace, reflected the ambition and confidence of the fledgling new colony of Victoria.