Melbourne Writers Festival moves to State Library Victoria

Melbourne Writers Festival moves to State Library Victoria

February 5, 2019

Announcements, News:

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) and State Library Victoria today announced a major partnership that will see our city’s biggest and best literary arts festival take up residence in Australia’s busiest… Read More ›

A $2 million donation to State Library Victoria puts kids in charge

A $2 million donation to State Library Victoria puts kids in charge

January 29, 2019

News:

Young Victorians keen to read and learn will be the main beneficiaries of the most recent $2 million donation to State Library Victoria.

New Gold Mountain

New Gold Mountain

January 29, 2019

Our stories, People & professions:

For the Chinese immigrants who flocked to Victorian goldfields in the 1850s, the journey began in Canton or Hong Kong and included several months at sea before arriving in Victoria, or ‘New Gold Mountain’.

What about the women? – Part 2

What about the women? – Part 2

January 22, 2019

Our stories, People & professions, Social life & customs:

Piece together the stories of Mary Ann and Eliza Henty and their role in Victoria’s first European settlement.

2018 in ebooks

2018 in ebooks

January 18, 2019

Our stories:

Our Ebook collection is growing each month. We currently have over 16,000 ebooks available, including autobiographies, literary fiction, travel guides, young adult non-fiction, health and medicine, home and garden and much more. Explore the titles that were most popular in 2018.

Mrs Stephen Henty, c 1870-80

What about the women? – Part 1

January 10, 2019

Our stories, People & professions, Social life & customs:

Uprooted to join your husband of no more than a couple of years to settle in an unknown place. This is the story of the wives of the Henty brothers, early settlers credited with establishing Victoria’s first European settlement.

Group of men playing volleyball, tents in the Bonegilla Migrant Hostel

A nation of immigrants

January 2, 2019

Our stories:

Learn about the history of immigration in Australia, from the First Fleet and the Gold Rush to WWI and the White Australia policy.

Fighting Jack: Melbourne’s first boxing kangaroo

Fighting Jack: Melbourne’s first boxing kangaroo

December 31, 2018

Social life & customs, Such was life:

What are the origins of our national sporting symbol, the boxing kangaroo?

John Marsden awarded Dromkeen Medal for children’s literature

John Marsden awarded Dromkeen Medal for children’s literature

December 27, 2018

Announcements, News:

John Marsden has received the 2018 Dromkeen medal for his enduring passion for and contribution to Australian children’s literature and children’s education. Find out which books were important to him as a child.

Lyric, [2017]

New listening in Arts: holiday selections

December 20, 2018

Arts, Film, Music, Popular music:

Find out what’s new on the listening post in the Arts reading room. We’re featuring a holiday season selection of festive, popular, opera and film music on CD.

Such was life

The Spare Corner Club

The Spare Corner Club

May 17, 2019 2 comments

It was a cool summer’s day in 1940 when around fifty members of the Spare Corner Club met in the Fitzroy Gardens for lunch…

Arts

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King Arthur through the ages

May 3, 2019 1 comment

King Arthur has a rich artistic and cultural legacy. Explore the rise and rise of Arthur, a king for the ages.