Kooyong’s greatest hits

Kooyong’s greatest hits

February 13, 2018

Arts, Music:

Some of Kooyong’s greatest hits weren’t from the racquets of John Newcombe or Billie Jean King but from that select group of the world’s greatest rock stars whose performances at the stadium were as incendiary as a McEnroe meltdown, as graceful as a Goolagong backhand, as rock steady as the Borg baseline game.

Illustrated Children’s Books: Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

Illustrated Children’s Books: Arthur Rackham (1867-1939)

February 6, 2018

Our stories:

Arthur Rackham’s haunting images in children’s fairy tales evoke a sense of mystery, even nightmare They made him the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian era.

State Library Victoria calls for 2018 Fellowship applications

State Library Victoria calls for 2018 Fellowship applications

February 2, 2018

News:

Applications are now open for State Library Victoria’s prestigious annual fellowships program, with a new specialist fellowship for Victorian Aboriginal researchers offered from 2018.

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Bookings open for online family history course

January 29, 2018

Family history events, Family matters, Training:

Interested in researching your Victorian family history? Why not try our online family history course Branching out.
Branching out introduces the basic principles of family history research, and looks at the key resources available for researching Victorian family history.

The old tin shed

The old tin shed

January 25, 2018

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

‘The Elizabeth Street blot’, ‘unsightly’, ‘deplorable’, ‘an ancient eyesore’. Few buildings in our city’s history excited as much controversy as ‘the old tin shed’.

Index to Victorian births, deaths and marriages updated

Index to Victorian births, deaths and marriages updated

January 25, 2018

Family matters, Research tips & tricks, Websites:

We have some great news for family historians.

The Index to Victorian births, deaths and marriages has been updated and you can now search for marriages up to 1950! That’s 8 years of additional marriages!

I know their name, so why can’t I find them?

I know their name, so why can’t I find them?

January 18, 2018

Family matters:

At some stage most people will come up against a barrier or dead end when undertaking family history research. But rather than giving up and moving on to a different… Read More ›

New editions: 144 great magazines in the heart of the Library

New editions: 144 great magazines in the heart of the Library

January 16, 2018

Our stories:

At State Library Victoria we have magazines in all shapes and sizes from over 1500 active subscriptions, perfect if you want the latest in culture, current affairs, commerce, computers, clothing, craft, cars, cricket, conservation, comets… and cockatoos?

Illustrated Children’s Books: Samuel and William Calvert

Illustrated Children’s Books: Samuel and William Calvert

January 16, 2018

Our stories:

The brothers Samuel and William Calvert established a series of children’s books in the 1870s called Calvert’s Australian Picture Books, bringing wood block printing techniques developed by the English master printer Edmund Evans to Australia.

An example of the items available in PressReader

2017 in eResources

December 19, 2017

Our stories:

State Library Victoria offers a growing collection of electronic resources. Our current eResource collection consists of over 200,000 full text eResources, including multi-subject databases, historic archives, popular magazines and scholarly… Read More ›

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 ›