Luna Park: 110 years of fun

Luna Park: 110 years of fun

December 13, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

You can’t visit Melbourne and not at least have a selfie with the iconic entrance of Luna Park, a favourite spot for fun-seekers of any age.

The Press Fancy dress skirt and part of sash, 1866; H141541

Online Collection Spotlight: Berg fashion library

December 9, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Want to know what Monks in 1100 thought of men that wore pointed shoes? The history of headscarves and their persecution in Western fashion? Head to toe! The history of hats, hemlines, and heel heights are available at your fingertips through Berg Fashion Library.

Exterior view of milkbars in North Carlton, Victoria, 1983/1984. Photo by Christopher van der Craats. This work is in copyright; H2019.250/28

Your local milk bar

December 2, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

Take a walk down memory lane as we explore a newly digitised collection of photographs of milkbars from the 70s and 80s taken by Melbourne photographer, Christopher van der Craats.

Lucy Lucy. Photograph by Shannyn Higgins, 2020. H2021.6/1-14

Melbourne’s murals: capturing a history of our street art scene

November 28, 2022

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Melbourne is famous for its cafes, laneways and of course, its street art. CBD sites like Hosier Lane and Duckboard Place boast bright murals that people from all around the world now travel to see and to take that quintessential selfie in a painted laneway. We truly own our title as the street art capital of Australia!

Modern dance individualism: the art of Sonia Revid

Modern dance individualism: the art of Sonia Revid

November 22, 2022

Arts & literature, Ask a librarian, Dance, Such was life, Victorian history:

In 1932 Latvian born Sonia Revid brought expressionist dance to Melbourne. In Berlin in 1921 Sonia had studied under Mary Wigman, but developed her own unique style. Her performances included spoken word and introduced Melbournians to modern interpretive dance. She opened a dance school and was a notable figure in the local art scene of the 1930s. Unfortunately she died in 1947 at age 45.

From the Seine to the Yarra: Art Deco in Melbourne

From the Seine to the Yarra: Art Deco in Melbourne

November 15, 2022

Ask a librarian, Buildings & streets:

Are you a lover of Art Deco architecture? Take a tour of Melbourne city and discover the Art Deco gems we have right here.

Christie's auction house. [199-]. Photo by Rennie Ellis. This work is in copyright; H2011.150/2778

Online Collection Spotlight: Australian art auction records

November 11, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Are you curious about the value of an artwork or piece of furniture that you own? Or perhaps you are interested in what it might cost to buy a piece by Lisa Roet or Brett Whiteley? The Australian art auction record database can shed some light upon what works have sold and for how much.

Send in the clowns

Send in the clowns

October 31, 2022

Performing Arts, Photography, Theatre:

Happy or sad, straight-faced or bumbling, creepy or cute, there many different kinds of clown. Join us as we take a look at some of the lesser-known clowns in the State Library’s photo collection.

Night city Skyline, John Gollings

Federation Square — a brief history

October 26, 2022

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

A look back, tracing some of the history of Melbourne – on and around the site of Federation Square.

Home page of the 1999 Melbourne Fringe Festival Website

Two Decades of the Melbourne Fringe Festival Website

October 25, 2022

Changing libraries, Our stories, Performing Arts, Theatre:

State Library Victoria has been collecting the website of the Melbourne Fringe Festival since 1999 and will continue into the future. Here are some highlights from our online collection at PANDORA.

Such was life

Cheap holiday fares… advertising posters of the Victorian Railways

Cheap holiday fares… advertising posters of the Victorian Railways

January 27, 2023 0 comments

Let’s take a look at a selection of advertising posters used by the Victorian Railways in the 1930s and 1940s

Arts

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichova – a pioneer of the wordless form

Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichova – a pioneer of the wordless form

January 18, 2023 4 comments

The Library’s Rare Books Collection holds many wordless graphic novels by masters of the form, including the recent addition of the first wordless graphic novel by a woman.