From the Travelling Library to the Internet: a Library beyond the building

From the Travelling Library to the Internet: a Library beyond the building

February 1, 2024

Ask a librarian, Victorian history:

Since our opening we have looked at ways to connect with people who cannot come to our building. This includes a Travelling Library, a Country Member Postal Service and a Lending Library

New family history ebooks

New family history ebooks

January 31, 2024

Family matters:

The State Library Victoria’s ebook collection continues to grow at a rapid place. We now provide free access to over 200,000 ebooks on such topics as social sciences, family history,… Read More ›

Online Collection Spotlight: Victorians on Film 

Online Collection Spotlight: Victorians on Film 

January 24, 2024

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Interested in the early history of cinema? Curious about what daily life was like over 100 years ago? Would you like see the moon playing a banjo? Explore a collection of early cinematic wonders from the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras.

Exploring the world in Western History: the Hakluyt Society and other exploration resources

Exploring the world in Western History: the Hakluyt Society and other exploration resources

January 17, 2024

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Embark on a journey through remarkable voyages with the State Library’s collection of print and electronic resources detailing first-hand accounts of historic exploration.

Online Collection Spotlight – Food History: Printed and Manuscript Recipe Books

Online Collection Spotlight – Food History: Printed and Manuscript Recipe Books

January 8, 2024

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

What did US President Kennedy enjoy for breakfast? How do I stop a nosebleed? What are some antidotes for poisoning? Find the answers using the database, Food History: Printed and Manuscript Recipe Books, a collection of books on cookery and domestic management.

Nineteenth century Victorians

Nineteenth century Victorians

December 31, 2023

Photography, Social life & customs, Such was life:

The Etkins collection consists of wonderful portraits of people and places throughout 19th century Victoria.

Just digitised: Aileen Brown’s linocuts

Just digitised: Aileen Brown’s linocuts

December 22, 2023

Digitisation, Visual arts:

Explore the wonderful summery artworks of Aileen Brown, and see how her intricate linocut prints are made.

Japan and Korea through an Australian lens

Japan and Korea through an Australian lens

December 18, 2023

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Famous Victorian photographer George Rose (1851-1942) travelled to Korea and Japan in 1904, capturing rare scenes of everyday life in both countries. Dynamic and varied, his images bring alive scenes of people at the market, labourers at work, children, Japanese women in kimonos enjoying social activities, not to mention temples, local architecture and rural scenery. Join us for a fascinating glimpse into these lost worlds.

The Garden Gazette and more – new in our popular digitised collections

The Garden Gazette and more – new in our popular digitised collections

December 14, 2023

Collection spotlights, Social life & customs, Uncategorized:

Explore this collection of newly digitised gardening and horticulture periodicals of the early 20th century.

Rosella Preserving Company

Rosella Preserving Company

November 29, 2023

Collection Care, Conservation, Preservation:

Some companies preserve and conserve food stuffs, but here in Collection Care, we preserve and conserve Victoria’s cultural heritage. Which, fittingly enough, now includes archival material from the Rosella Preserving Company, an iconic Australian business celebrated for its sauces, pickles, canned fruits, jams, soups and vegetables. ‘Rosella’ is a name familiar to many households with the colourful parrot logo adorning its products, including the pantry staple tomato sauce.

Such was life

Strange lights in the sky: The Westall UFO event, 1966

Strange lights in the sky: The Westall UFO event, 1966

April 6, 2024 6 comments

On 6 April 1966, in a quiet suburb south east of Melbourne, reports emerged of something strange in the sky…

Arts

Nineteenth century Victorians

Nineteenth century Victorians

December 31, 2023 5 comments

The Etkins collection consists of wonderful portraits of people and places throughout 19th century Victoria.