Eating in early Victoria was a different proposition for the Aborigines than for early Europeans. The Aborigines lived off the land. The women, in the main, collected vegetable foods and small animals, whilst the men hunted large game. (Koorie plants, Koorie people, p. 3) Their vast experience living on the land saw them develop an intricate knowledge of food. Read the rest of this entry »
Such was life
Did you know you can view over 200,000 digitised images on the State Library’s online catalogue? To find pictures of your favourite Victorian town, simply head to the catalogue, and click on the ‘Pictures’ tab. Then, type in the name of the town, followed by the word Vic, (for example Talbot Vic) and click ‘Search’. Read the rest of this entry »
This year the State Library of Victoria is offering several fantastic research opportunities for people who propose thoughtful and innovative ways of using our collections. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re interested in the history and people of early Ballarat, then we’d like to introduce you to a classic research resource, written by journalist WB Withers.
Daniel Long’s sketchbook dates from 1856 and contains charming watercolours and pencil drawings depicting various locations in Gippsland. Read the rest of this entry »
Captain Cook’s cottage, located in Fitzroy Gardens, was initially built by Captain Cook’s family in the town of Great Ayton in Yorkshire, England. It is believed to have been built around 1755 and was transported then erected in Melbourne in 1934. But did Cook ever actually live there? Read the rest of this entry »
The area on the eastern side of Prahran Station has a long history as a performance venue. In 1920 the famous Leggett’s Ballroom was built and became a dancing institution for decades to come. On the same site, The Continental Cafe at 134 Greville Street became a lynch pin in the Melbourne live music scene from 1993-2001. Read the rest of this entry »
Ready for Christmas? Have you done everything that needs doing? Are you sure? Read the rest of this entry »
The Library has recently acquired a small and very rare volume of Australian poetry. John Manifold’s Verses 1930–1933 was written while Manifold was a high school student and published when he graduated in 1933, aged 18. It contains 13 poems (two are translations, of Goethe and Villon), and annotations most probably in the author’s hand. It is the only known copy of the publication held by a public library.