Bushfire and aftermath

Bushfire and aftermath

February 6, 2019

Our stories:

Flying over fire-ravaged land, photographer John Gollings looked down on the Hume Highway as Victoria reeled from the deadliest fires in recorded history.

Miss Talbot’s gift

Miss Talbot’s gift

February 6, 2019

Arts & literature, Such was life:

In 1937 the Library received 24 original works by William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography.

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?

Such was life

The chaos and order of Marion Page

The chaos and order of Marion Page

June 28, 2019 4 comments

Follow the journey of a large, multi-format Manuscript collection belonging to the late Marion Page from a South Yarra storage room to our Preservation team.

Arts

New listening in Arts: Winter collection

New listening in Arts: Winter collection

July 9, 2019 0 comments

New arrivals include this collection of popular, jazz, classical, opera, musical theatre and film music on CD, to warm up those cold winter days. All are currently showcased on our… Read More ›