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2021 in Eresources

January 4, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

How did we spend our time online in 2021? We reveal the top 3 most popular Library eresources in 2021 and highlight some hidden gems to explore in 2022. Registered Victorian State Library members can access a treasure trove of full text eresources – many from home.

[Victoria Hotel, Colac] H96.200/1498

Attention all descendants of country publicans

November 28, 2018

Family matters, People & professions:

Great news for family historians with publican ancestors – the index to the Robert K Cole Victorian hotels collection (1841-1949) has been expanded, with a total of over 37,000 entries now searchable online!

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.

Sybil Craig: a life in pictures

Sybil Craig: a life in pictures

March 7, 2018

Arts & literature, Such was life:

Melbourne artist Sybil Craig became one of the first women war artists in Australia. The Library holds Sybil’s archive which contains over 1700 photographs and more than 280 works on paper, many of which are now online.

Remembering Passchendaele – 100 years on

Remembering Passchendaele – 100 years on

December 4, 2017

Our stories:

The Battle of Passchendaele has come to symbolise the horrors of the Great War, largely due to the photographs taken at the time

Portrait of Mme de Staël, Marie Eléonore Godefroid

Madame de Staël, liberal thinker and writer of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic periods

November 28, 2017

Our stories:

Madame de Staël was one of the most fascinating, intelligent and influential women of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic years. Brilliant, passionate and intense, she lived life through her passion for politics and love at the highest levels of society.

Girl and Dog in Supermarkert, Toorak Rd. c.1970. New acquisition. Photo by Rennie Ellis.

Renegades, rock stars and regular people find a home at State Library Victoria

August 18, 2017


State Library Victoria has acquired over 60,000 images by the late maverick photographer Rennie Ellis. Best known for his fly-on-the-wall photography of celebrities, models, nightclubs and Australian suburbia, Ellis was… Read More ›

New database about the East India Company

New database about the East India Company

July 12, 2017


State Library Victoria is pleased to announce the acquisition of the East India Company Database, a unique collection of digitized India Office Records from the British Library in London. This… Read More ›

M0014782 Nikola Tesla, with his equipment
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
Nikola Tesla, with his equipment for
producing high-frequency alternating currents.
Inscribed: 'To my illustrious friend Sir William Crookes of whom I always think and whose kind letters I never answer! Nikola Tesla June 17, 1901'
1901 Published:  - 

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Nikola Tesla: the man who gave electricity to the world

July 10, 2017

Our stories:

Nikola Tesla was an electrical genius. He was a visionary who captured the imagination of engineers, entrepreneurs and the public with his futuristic concepts and vivid demonstrations of the power of electricity.

Alexandrino Da Costa, an East Timorese refugee, playing the guitar at the Puckapunyal Safe Haven. Photo by Ross Bird, 1999.

Let us all combine: refugee stories in Australia

June 22, 2017

Our stories:

Australian history is rich with refugee stories. Our shores have long been a destination for those fleeing war and persecution: from Prussia, 179 years ago; from post-World War Two Europe; and from early 1980s Vietnam. Throughout it all, we’ve seen policies that encourage and restrict immigration.