Social life & customs

The ancient art of bellringing

The ancient art of bellringing

October 1, 2018

Social life & customs, Such was life:

The ancient art of bellringing is harder than it looks. Bellringers require confidence and stamina, not to mention an excellent memory.

Beauty spots: from facial flaws to fashion statements

Beauty spots: from facial flaws to fashion statements

September 6, 2018

Social life & customs, Such was life, Theatre:

Under the eye or the corner of the mouth? Does the position of your beauty spot mean you are a flirt, engaged or just cheeky? Stars, pigs and horses; from the eighteenth century onward, the beauty spot has an alluring past.

Law making and breaking in colonial Victoria

Law making and breaking in colonial Victoria

March 9, 2016

People & professions, Social life & customs, Such was life, Tips and tricks:

Criminals, crime and justice in colonial Victoria!

Our women

Our women

January 24, 2016

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Our women was a magazine in the 1950s and ’60s which focused on the social issues, contributions and opinions of women in Australia.

Chess in Victoria

Chess in Victoria

December 28, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

The Library’s Chess Collection reflects Victorian’s long enthusiasm for the game.

European labour stamps on Australian furniture

European labour stamps on Australian furniture

September 11, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Why did furniture made in Victoria prior to 1960 have to be stamped ‘European labour only’?

Slums of Melbourne

Slums of Melbourne

August 6, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

As far back as the 1850s, slums existed in inner city Melbourne. In the 1930s, Frederick Barnett began taking photos of the slums, using them in a push for social reform.

A Melbourne love affair

A Melbourne love affair

May 19, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Melbourne’s love affair with coffee has been long-term, passionate, and sometimes controversial.

The Alan K Jordan collection of photographs

The Alan K Jordan collection of photographs

May 4, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

The Library has recently digitized a collection of photographs of homeless people from the 1960s and 1970s.

Moomba

Moomba

March 3, 2015

Social life & customs, Such was life:

Moomba is the festival of the city of Melbourne. It first took place in March 1955 and was initiated by the City Development Association to liven up Melbourne and attract tourists.