Vintage TV magic

Vintage TV magic

July 30, 2010

Arts, Television:

Elegant tuxedos, droll patter and effortless prestidigitation abound in a series of dvds from the Miracle Factory, celebrating magic in the early days of television.   Early TV Magic Among… Read More ›

Sound Beam – Sir Charles Mackerras Tribute.

Sound Beam – Sir Charles Mackerras Tribute.

July 29, 2010

Arts, Music:

Sound Beam currently features two recordings in tribute to the great Australian conductor, Sir Charles Mackerras, who recently passed away, aged 84. They include works by composers he was often… Read More ›

The dark side of country

The dark side of country

July 28, 2010

Arts, Music:

As a part of the Outside-in Cinema screenings in Experimedia here at the Library, on Wednesday 28th July at 6:30pm you can catch the recent documentary on legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van… Read More ›

National Family History Week 30 July – 8 August 2010

July 28, 2010

Family history events, Family matters:

Join in the “fun and excitement of National Family History Week” held Australia -wide in the first week of August annually. There are more than 30 events listed for Victoria… Read More ›

New on Ancestry Library Edition

July 26, 2010

Family matters, Websites:

Ancestry have added a number of interesting new databases to their website recently. Of most interest to Australian researchers are the following new birth, death and marriage indexes: Australia Birth… Read More ›

Library Digital Storytelling Workshop -Special offer!

July 23, 2010

Family matters, Training:

  From family trees to stories of how a family has grown and changed, it’s important not to lose that information. Come to our digital storytelling workshop where you can… Read More ›

Zombies, censorship and forbidden films

Zombies, censorship and forbidden films

July 22, 2010

Arts, Film:

The latest offering by renowned gay filmmaker (aka. art-pornographer) Bruce LaBruce, L.A. Zombie, has recently been banned from showing at the Melbourne International Film Festival this year. This is the first… Read More ›

Family History Feast 2 August 2010 Booked Out!

July 22, 2010

Family history events, Family matters:

The annual Family History Feast to be held at the State Library on Monday 2 August 2010 from 10am to 4pm is now totally booked out! A podcast of the… Read More ›

Plastic bags in Arts

Plastic bags in Arts

July 21, 2010

Arts, Film:

Proof you can make art from anything. still from Plastic Bag, 2010, from Futurestates TV This wonderful little film, by Ramin Bahrani and narrated by Werner Herzog, deserves to be… Read More ›

Jerry Herman’s Broadway : at the Hollywood Bowl – free screening.

Jerry Herman’s Broadway : at the Hollywood Bowl – free screening.

July 20, 2010

Arts, Music, Musicals, Theatre:

On Wednesday July 21, the next screening in the fortnightly Music and Dance on Film series will be “Jerry Herman’s Broadway : at the Hollywood Bowl“.  Recorded in 1994, this… Read More ›

Such was life

Convict tattoos

Convict tattoos

October 18, 2017 0 comments

What do the following things have in common: candlesticks, beehives, cock fights, drinking glasses, swans, flowerpots, crucifixes, stags, comets, and roses? Give up? They’re all convict tattoos.

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Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer ALMA 93.2/34

The life and death of master magician Chung Ling Soo

September 20, 2017 2 comments

Magician William Ellsworth Robinson left behind his plain name and New York background and reinvented himself as the Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer, complete with an imaginative and fictitious life story, In the great days of vaudeville he achieved world fame and in 1909 embarked on a wildly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A decade later, still at the height of his career, Chung Ling Soo was mortally wounded on stage undertaking his sensational bullet catch trick.