Edna Walling: wild at heart

Edna Walling: wild at heart

April 2, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

Edna Walling was a trailblazing Australian garden designer of the 20th century. Her passion, uncompromising vision and way with words changed the way we think about our gardens.

2002: A space oddity

2002: A space oddity

March 31, 2022

Rare Books & Arts:

With the help of the Women Writers Fund, the Library recently acquired Laura Dayton Fessenden’s most fascinating work of speculative fiction, 2002: Childlife One Hundred Years From Now.

The Gerritsen Collection & Dr Aletta H. Jacobs: a pioneer of women’s history & visionary

The Gerritsen Collection & Dr Aletta H. Jacobs: a pioneer of women’s history & visionary

March 28, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

There are many names in the history of feminism and women’s rights but, unlike Mary Wollstonecraft, Vida Goldstein or Emmeline Pankhurst, the name Dr. Aletta. H. Jacobs (1854-1929) is little known, even though many of her papers have been collected by UNESCO in their Memory of the World archive.

Émilie Du Châtelet: a pioneer in the Age of Enlightenment

Émilie Du Châtelet: a pioneer in the Age of Enlightenment

March 26, 2022

Our stories:

“To be happy, one must rid oneself of prejudice, be virtuous, healthy, and have a capacity for enjoyment and for passion“ – Émilie du Châtelet, Discours sur le bonheur. Le siècle… Read More ›

Stephanie Alexander in her kitchen, photographer unknown (MS 13338, Box 16, File 7)

A culinary archive: discovering Stephanie’s

March 25, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Victorian history:

The 1970s and 80s saw a dramatic change in Melbourne’s restaurant scene. One of the most influential restaurants of this period was Stephanie Alexander’s restaurant, Stephanie’s. Through menus, photographs, recipes, notebooks and more, the Stephanie Alexander collection provides a taste of what it was like to eat at Stephanie’s in its heyday.

Victorian CEDT Index : a new family history resource for Chinese Victorians

Victorian CEDT Index : a new family history resource for Chinese Victorians

March 23, 2022

Family matters, Research tips & tricks:

In 2021 the Chinese Australian Family Historians of Victoria Inc. (CAFHOV) launched a fascinating new resource, the Victorian CEDT index. This online resource indexes three registers of applications for Certificates Exempting from Dictation Test (CEDT), covering the years 1904-1959. Over 90% of the people listed were Chinese, however people with Indian, Japanese or Syrian ancestry are also included.

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day

March 21, 2022

Collection, Collection spotlights, Events, Exhibitions:

If you listen to a poem, in any language, you understand it. Why?! Because it speaks the universal language of human emotion.

Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841): Artist, traveller, wife and mother

Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841): Artist, traveller, wife and mother

March 18, 2022

Collection spotlights, Our stories:

This year in our World of the book exhibition, we celebrate the life and work of the artist Elizabeth Gould with a display including one of three rare original watercolours by Elizabeth from the Library’s collection. 

How to protect and salvage your flood damaged treasures

How to protect and salvage your flood damaged treasures

March 16, 2022

Collection Care:

The devastating floods in Queensland and New South Wales have caused significant damage to personal possessions and cultural heritage collections. Learn how to protect your treasures and salvage flood-damaged collections.

Family group, ca. 1870 to 1880. Families of five or more children were common in the Victorian era. [H2005.34/2086]

Online collection spotlight: The Malthusian, a collection in the Women’s Studies Archive

March 13, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Overpopulation was a huge social problem in 19th century Britain. Trailblazers like Annie Besant were tireless campaigners for the improvement of living conditions, birth control, and women’s rights. The Malthusian gives us a vivid lens into the living conditions of the poor, and a fascinating insight into the population issues from 1879 to 1921, which laid the groundwork for social reform in the twentieth century.

Such was life

Image of a pandemic mask with digital word/ number 'Vote 1

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

Melba, Queen of Song

Melba, Queen of Song

May 19, 2022 0 comments

Dame Nellie Melba was a legend in every possible way: her voice of an angelic purity and perfect pitch, her fame never equaled by another Australian singer, a fame which extended worldwide from the time of her international debut in Brussels in 1887 until the late 1920s when she staged her final performances.