Such was life

Augusta L Dargon and the Melbourne Irish

Augusta L Dargon and the Melbourne Irish

March 14, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

In honour of St Patrick’s Day, Manuscripts Librarian Kevin Molloy examines a little known Irish-Australian treasure:

Community Heritage Grant applications open

March 12, 2013

Local history funding sources, Such was life:

Applications for the Australian Government’s Community Heritage Grants are now open. ‘The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives,… Read More ›

Cobb  and Co

Cobb and Co

March 5, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

On 30 January 1854, American businessman Freeman Cobb and three associates started a passenger coach service to Castlemaine and Bendigo.

Houdini flies in Diggers Rest

Houdini flies in Diggers Rest

March 1, 2013

Cities & towns, Such was life:

On 18 March 1910, Harry Houdini, the world famous escapologist, made what is claimed to be the first controlled powered flight in Australia.

World War I colour patches

World War I colour patches

February 26, 2013

Such was life, War:

Colour patches were worn on Australian soldiers’ uniforms to show which unit they belonged to. For men in the infantry battalions, the colour on the upper part of their patch… Read More ›

Performance pay for teachers: an old and new debate

Performance pay for teachers: an old and new debate

February 19, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

Working conditions and rates of pay for Victorian teachers are often in the news, with a recent proposal to introduce performance based salaries being one of the most hotly debated… Read More ›

Mock Valentines

Mock Valentines

February 8, 2013

Arts & literature, Such was life:

The State Library held a Valentine’s exhibition in 1951 which, according to the Report of the Trustees of the Public Library of Victoria, consisted of a small display on a… Read More ›

The streets of Melbourne – by numbers

The streets of Melbourne – by numbers

February 6, 2013

Buildings & streets, Such was life:

  In 1887, Melbourne City Council ordered the renumbering of properties across the city to make houses and businesses easier to find.

Political and union badges

Political and union badges

February 1, 2013

Politics, Such was life:

The Library’s Riley and Ephemera Collection houses ephemera from a wide range of Victorian political and community organisations, including their badges (otherwise known as buttons or pins).

Fire fighting in Victoria

Fire fighting in Victoria

January 24, 2013

People & professions, Such was life:

The first fire in Melbourne, after European settlement, is believed to have occurred in Melbourne’s first gaol in 1838. The incident was later depicted in watercolour by WFE Liardet in 1875.