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King Charles on the scaffold, bound in copy of King Charls his speech made upon the scaffold London, 1649

The trial and execution of a King

January 29, 2016

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The Library holds some of the earliest printed accounts of the trial and execution King Charles I. The pamphlets are part of the Emmerson collection, one of the great private libraries of early English books in the world.

A little bit easier to carry.

The man who shrank the book

December 29, 2015

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Do you like to take your books with you; to read on the train, a park, or in a plane? You have a man named Aldus Manutius to thank for that.… Read More ›

It can feel a little submarine like down here. Photograph: Teagan Glenane

Life behind the stacks

November 30, 2015

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11 kilometres of books, papers and ephemera are hidden beneath the streets of Melbourne. Anyone can access them, but they’ll need a State Library card.

Aurora ‘secured’ to shore prior to being carried away by the ice

The other side of Shackleton’s Antarctic adventure

November 19, 2015

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When Ernest Shackleton’s 1915 Antarctic expedition ran into trouble, the Ross Sea party that was laying out stores for his team continued unawares, facing harrowing challenges of their own.

A little history of the humble lamp post

A little history of the humble lamp post

November 2, 2015

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The humble lamp posts on either side of Redmond Barry’s statue might tend to be overlooked, but at 124 years, they are hardy survivors. This week our Pictures team take a closer look at some of Melbourne’s oldest working street fixtures.

Two unidentified women kicking up their heels in carpark at racecourse © Rennie Ellis

The race that stops a nation

October 30, 2015

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Take a punt on Melbourne Cup Day and explore our wealth of Cup and horse racing resources online.

Bertie The Aeroplane, Eric Porter Studios

5 things you didn’t know about Australian animation

October 27, 2015

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From the very first Australian animated film to our first Oscar for an animated short, this week we celebrate 100 years of Australian animation.

Nobel women – Women of science

Nobel women – Women of science

October 22, 2015

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Since 1901, Nobel prizes have been awarded 573 times to 900 people or organisations. Of these, there have only been 48 women Nobel Laureates. Those who have won the prizes in the field of science: Physics; Chemistry; or Physiology or Medicine number only 17.

How to: Preparing precious artwork for display

How to: Preparing precious artwork for display

October 19, 2015

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In the final week of our major exhibition, the Conservation team bring you behind-the-scenes to highlight some of the processes they undertook to prepare ST Gill’s evocative works for display.

The letter that changed history

The letter that changed history

September 23, 2015

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On this day 100 years ago, journalist Keith Murdoch penned the Gallipoli letter. The highly critical account, written to Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, is said to have influenced the withdrawal of allied troops from the peninsula.