Our stories

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

The race that stops a nation

October 30, 2015

Our stories, Such was life:

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

Our stories:

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

Our stories:

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

Collection Care, Conservation, Our stories:

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

Our stories:

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.

Some pretty lanterns made from images in our collection

How to make a paper lantern

August 27, 2015

Our stories:

Learn how to make paper lanterns using images from our digital image pool.

Genevieve Pergl, Image Access Technician at State Library Victoria

An unexpected link to the Geelong Cats

August 24, 2015

Our stories:

This month we’re celebrating 25 years of digitising at the Library. We’ve been speaking with some of our Collection Digitisation team to ask them about surprising finds or favourite items.

Digitising newspapers

Digitising newspapers

August 19, 2015

Our stories, Preservation, Such was life:

Learn how the Library digitises newspapers; from selection of titles through conservation to the scanning of the pages.

25for25: Celebrating 25 years of digitisation

25for25: Celebrating 25 years of digitisation

August 17, 2015

Our stories:

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Library’s digitisation program. From lantern slides and glass negatives to maps, posters and sheet music, our team have made more than two million files available online.

Sonya Hartnett on the power of the manuscript

Sonya Hartnett on the power of the manuscript

August 7, 2015

Our stories:

As a child, celebrated Australian author Sonya Hartnett, submitted her handmade manuscripts to publishers. In this speech she reflects on how much has changed since then.