Are you being served?

Are you being served?

August 8, 2018

Such was life:

Step back in time to the old-fashioned servo, where consumer choice was de rigueur, and service was king.

The breaking of the drought: silent movies and photography

The breaking of the drought: silent movies and photography

July 30, 2018

Arts & literature, Such was life:

The Library has digitised some wonderful photographs taken during the filming of the 1920 Australian silent movie, ‘The breaking of the drought.’ Melodrama, song, dance, water ballet, seduction, ruin and redemption; this movie has it all. And a happy ending too.

Family History & Newspaper Room temporary closure

Family History & Newspaper Room temporary closure

July 30, 2018

Family matters:

Find out which resources will be available while the Family History and Newspaper Reading Room is closed from Friday 24 August to Thursday 20 September.

Australia’s golden age of cycling

Australia’s golden age of cycling

July 20, 2018

Exhibitions, Our stories, People & professions:

Cheering echoed throughout the streets of Sydney in November 1937 as some 60,000 people gathered along the last 80 kilometres of Hubert Opperman’s epic trans-continental ride. Once as famous as cricketer Don Bradman, endurance cyclist ‘Oppy’ is currently featured in the Changing face of Victoria exhibition. Discover objects from his career, loaned to us by Museums Victoria.

Empress Josephine and the last emu

Empress Josephine and the last emu

July 16, 2018

Our stories:

In France, in 1822, the last surviving Australian dwarf emus died. The emus had made the unlikely journey from their their homes on Kangaroo and King Islands to the splendid gardens of Empress Josephine Bonaparte’s Malmaison.

Books celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018

Books celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018

July 12, 2018

Our stories:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women empower past generations and pave the way for future generations of Indigenous Australians. This selection of recent books by Indigenous Australian women reflects the literary achievements of Indigenous women and their gift of empowerment to children.

fairy The babes asleep in the wood

Early history of movable and pop-up books

July 3, 2018

Arts & literature, Our stories:

Pop-up books enthral readers for many reasons: their ingenuity, their beauty, and because they challenge the two-dimensional nature of printed books. Explore the range of paper engineering mechanisms that have been used in books for more than 700 years.

NAIDOC Week 2018: ‘Because of her, we can!’ ebooks

NAIDOC Week 2018: ‘Because of her, we can!’ ebooks

July 3, 2018

Our stories:

This NAIDOC Week, be inspired by stories and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, available as ebooks. Whether you live in Melbourne or Manangatang, log in from home with your State Library card number and start reading.

An assortment of gadgetry and materials used in the Wolbers workshop

The game changer: advances in paper conservation

June 28, 2018

Our stories:

Paper is inherently fragile and unforgiving. Our Conservation team, faced with a variety of stains resulting from light damage, poor storage, natural ageing and tape use, work to reduce the rate of deterioration and lengthen the life of paper collection items. Learn about new methods of washing and stain reduction that have recently transformed their work with paper objects.

The dais in the dome

The dais in the dome

June 25, 2018

Our stories, Such was life:

Once upon a time a staff member sat in the dais in the La Trobe Reading Room, watching over any chattering public. I asked two long term SLV librarians how this used to work.

Such was life

Mrs Stephen Henty, c 1870-80

What about the women? – Part 1

January 10, 2019 6 comments

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.

Arts

Lyric, [2017]

New listening in Arts: holiday selections

December 20, 2018 0 comments

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.