Decca, 2016, c1971

New Sights and Sounds: Rigoletto, Walkabout, and much more

April 2, 2018

Arts, Music, Popular music, Visual arts:

Some great new arrivals in Arts include latest releases in art documentary, pop, rock, jazz, classical, opera, musical theatre and film soundtracks in various audio and video formats such as CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and online… Read More ›

Illustrated Children’s Books: Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)

Illustrated Children’s Books: Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)

March 23, 2018

Our stories:

Edmund Dulac published in the first decades of the twentieth century, at a time now recognised as a golden age of children’s book illustration

Speculating upon the archive: woman+pants=key search

Speculating upon the archive: woman+pants=key search

March 12, 2018

Our stories:

This is where it starts, in the pictures archive, where visual records are kept. Accompanying the images are written descriptions with misplaced pronouns and sometimes unstable definitions of gender. You have questions: is there something else to be seen here?

Celebrating Australian women on International Women’s Day

Celebrating Australian women on International Women’s Day

March 7, 2018

Our stories:

International Women’s Day is always a welcome opportunity to share stories of women. Intrepid, individual, inspiring – there are so many lives that blazed before us and often into obscurity.

Sybil Craig: a life in pictures

Sybil Craig: a life in pictures

March 7, 2018

Arts & literature, Such was life:

Melbourne artist Sybil Craig became one of the first women war artists in Australia. The Library holds Sybil’s archive which contains over 1700 photographs and more than 280 works on paper, many of which are now online.

2018 Inky Award longlist announced; teen judges invited to apply

2018 Inky Award longlist announced; teen judges invited to apply

March 1, 2018

News:

The longlist for the 2018 Inky Awards, Australia’s national teen choice awards for young adult literature, has been announced today.

Keith Kings Public Transport Collection

Keith Kings Public Transport Collection

February 27, 2018

Collection, Such was life:

The Library has received a large donation of material documenting Victoria’s public transport, featuring some wonderful photographs of decorated trams.

The secret life of books. Photo by James Braund.

Books came to life at White Night Melbourne

February 20, 2018

News:

Books came to life at State Library Victoria for White Night Melbourne.

State Library Victoria brings books to life for White Night Melbourne

State Library Victoria brings books to life for White Night Melbourne

February 16, 2018

News:

State Library Victoria will once again open its doors after dark for the sixth annual White Night Melbourne.

#CreateArtHistory at White Night Melbourne

#CreateArtHistory at White Night Melbourne

February 16, 2018

News:

We’re turning the Library façade into a canvas for White Night Melbourne.

Such was life

Cremorne Gardens from South Side of Yarra nr Col- Andersons, ST Gill, 1855

On a visit to the Cremorne Gardens

June 13, 2018 2 comments

Opened in 1853 on the banks of the Yarra River, the Cremorne Gardens was Melbourne’s first amusement park. Featuring fireworks displays, tightrope dancers and Australia’s first hot air balloon ascent, the gardens brought theatre and spectacle to the newly established British colony.

Arts

Nicolaus Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the revolutions of celestial spheres), Basil, Ex officina Henricpetrina, 1566

Books that changed the world

April 24, 2018 2 comments

Some books alter the course of history; others have profoundly influenced the way we see ourselves. Books can change the wider world, and also change our personal worlds; no two… Read More ›