Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, I think all the world is falling (detail), 2017

Looped opens in the Dome

August 7, 2017

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The Dome was already one of the most beautiful rooms in Melbourne and now it’s even more so.

State Library Victoria announces 2017 Fellowship recipients

State Library Victoria announces 2017 Fellowship recipients

July 28, 2017

News:

Recipients of 15 State Library Victoria Fellowships worth a total of $200,000 were announced today.

A sketch of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra (c.1810). Source: Wikimedia Commons

Austen’s appeal: how Jane Austen went from anonymous to acclaimed

July 18, 2017

Our stories:

Jane Austen transcends time. Her work critiques 18th century England but it remains compelling to contemporary readers. Her terrific characters, realism, and her sense of irony and humour have earned Austen critical acclaim and a wide audience, inspiring countless readers and writers. All that for a writer who spent her entire writing career anonymous.

Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, A deck of salvaged relatives (detail), 2015

Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria

July 18, 2017

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Self-made: zines and artist books is a new exhibition showcasing the eclectic world of independent publishing, from exquisite handmade artist books to radical low-fi zines, opening at State Library Victoria on 11 August.

ABC, 2015

New Sights and Sounds : Countdown, Bodyguard & more Thoroughly Modern selections.

July 13, 2017

Arts, Music:

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

New database about the East India Company

New database about the East India Company

July 12, 2017

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State Library Victoria is pleased to announce the acquisition of the East India Company Database, a unique collection of digitized India Office Records from the British Library in London. This… Read More ›

M0014782 Nikola Tesla, with his equipment
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Nikola Tesla, with his equipment for
producing high-frequency alternating currents.
Inscribed: 'To my illustrious friend Sir William Crookes of whom I always think and whose kind letters I never answer! Nikola Tesla June 17, 1901'
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1901 Published:  - 

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Nikola Tesla: the man who gave electricity to the world

July 10, 2017

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Nikola Tesla was an electrical genius. He was a visionary who captured the imagination of engineers, entrepreneurs and the public with his futuristic concepts and vivid demonstrations of the power of electricity.

Japanese ladies having dinner, George Rose, ca. 1890–1900.

Get a taste of the cuisines of the world

July 5, 2017

Our stories:

There’s more to books about food than just recipes. They can touch on the histories of culture, travel and more from around the world. Our collections reflect this diversity.

A small range of our ebooks on offer.

SLV reaches 10,000 eBook titles

June 29, 2017

News:

In June the Library reached a milestone: we purchased our 10,000th eBook. We purchase new titles almost every day, so the real number is now around 10,411. The library has… Read More ›

Fish named after men

Fish named after men

June 29, 2017

People & professions, Such was life:

Melbourne in the 1850s had a small but ambitious scientific community. One particularly idiosyncratic member of that community was William Blandowski, a man often at odds with the scientific establishment. He found himself embroiled in controversy with his choice of names for newly described Murray River fish.

Such was life

Baker of ours

Baker of ours

October 3, 2017 0 comments

Kate Baker’s autograph book bears witness to her passionate advocacy for Australian literature. Manuscripts librarian Sandra Burt tells us more.

Arts

Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer ALMA 93.2/34

The life and death of master magician Chung Ling Soo

September 20, 2017 2 comments

Magician William Ellsworth Robinson left behind his plain name and New York background and reinvented himself as the Chung Ling Soo, the Marvellous Chinese Conjurer, complete with an imaginative and fictitious life story, In the great days of vaudeville he achieved world fame and in 1909 embarked on a wildly successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. A decade later, still at the height of his career, Chung Ling Soo was mortally wounded on stage undertaking his sensational bullet catch trick.