Celebrating 150 years of public education

Celebrating 150 years of public education

May 3, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

This year marks the 150th anniversary of public education in Victoria, and a chance to reflect on our long-held belief that every child deserves a high-quality education, regardless of their background.

Evolution of the people’s forecourt

Evolution of the people’s forecourt

May 2, 2022

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

State Library Victoria was not always a popular venue for rallies, protests and public speakers in the Melbourne CBD. So when did it become the norm?

The Collected Works bookshop: Melbourne’s hidden treasure

The Collected Works bookshop: Melbourne’s hidden treasure

May 1, 2022

Ask a librarian, Our stories, Victorian history:

For years, writers from around Australia and across the globe, made beelines to Melbourne’s ‘hidden treasure,’ the Collected Works Bookshop in the Nicholas Building. Entering it felt like reaching ‘heaven,’ with Kris and Loretta Hemensley its warm, generous hosts.

Researching your Irish rebels

Researching your Irish rebels

April 24, 2022

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

This year marks 106 years since the events of the Irish Easter Rising. For those with ancestors involved in the Rising or subsequent events, there are a number of family history records that you can use to trace their activities.

Autumn delights: Trial databases on travel, trailblazers and more!

Autumn delights: Trial databases on travel, trailblazers and more!

April 19, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Collections:

From new content in the Food and Drink in History database to three new databases available on trial, there’s plenty to discover online this Autumn. Trial databases cover empire studies, travel adventures of women in the 19th and 20th centuries, and trailblazing female forerunners in history. Explore and share your feedback!

Humans of Melbourne, 1930s style

Humans of Melbourne, 1930s style

April 16, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories, Victorian history:

The Library holds a set of images with a particularly intriguing name – Street characters: a series of photographs taken of Melbourne street personalities, about 1930. They are compelling snapshots of the social fabric of Melbourne at that time, images of characters long gone, likely long forgotten, their stories spent.

Searching through time: Melbourne newspaper card indexes

Searching through time: Melbourne newspaper card indexes

April 12, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Research tips:

The newspaper card indexes at State Library Victoria can provide vital clues when researching Melbourne’s not so distant past.

Online collection spotlight: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Online collection spotlight: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

April 9, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The women’s movement, the advent of television, rock and roll, the gay rights movement, the Vietnam War: explore photographs and documents bringing the turbulent 50s, 60s and 70s to life.

Found Works by Sue Dymoke

Found Works by Sue Dymoke

April 7, 2022

Events, News:

During her time as the Library’s Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature virtual writer-in-residence, Sue Dymoke created a series of Found Works poetry inspired by our digital collection.

Vale Petr Herel (1943 – 2022)

Vale Petr Herel (1943 – 2022)

April 5, 2022

News:

State Library Victoria is saddened by the passing of Australian artist Petr Herel. Petr was a practicing artist for over sixty years, and was best known for his printmaking and his exquisite artist books.

Such was life

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The social distance election

May 14, 2022 0 comments

The 2020 Victorian councils elections were conducted by post meaning the Library’s acquisition team had a huge task to ensure the election material was web-archived.

Arts

Journey through the collection: Georgia Metaxas

Journey through the collection: Georgia Metaxas

May 24, 2022 0 comments

Journey through the evocative early works of Greek-Australian photographer Georgia Metaxas, and be drawn into the world of community and performance.