The little red book that could

This little red book about the papers and speeches of Colonel Hutton 1894-1898 was recently brought up to the Preservation lab for a few repairs. When we took a closer look, it was evident that this leather tightback with false raised bands had not only lost its lower board with its upper board hanging on by a thread, but it had already received some treatment in the past.

Before treatment image of front

Vintage advertisements

Regular visitors to the Library and to our website will have noticed The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s. This is the National Library’s exhibition from 23 November 2016 to 25 April 2017, and I can’t think of a more fascinating topic for anyone interested in social history. I personally love the advertising posters in the Pictures Collection, and have even used some in my kitchen.

Uncover LGBTQ history

Do you have an interest in LGBTQ history and culture?

Curious to know how Justice Michael Kirby's views on gay rights have been reported outside Australia?

Perhaps you'd like to graph the frequency of the words HIV and AIDS in publications across the 1980s?

You can find all this and more when you explore one of the Library’s newest eResources from Gale: Archives of human sexuality and identity: LGBTQ history and culture since 1940.

Moon mappers: scientists & dreamers

We are captivated by our nearest celestial dance partner, and joyfully turn out in droves at vantage points to howl at a Super Moon, or the recent “Extra-super Moon”. We now know so much about the moon, with our scientific knowledge expanding exponentially since we first stamped our footprints on its surface.

Board games in the Library

On Saturday 19th of November, libraries around the world will celebrate International Games Day to raise awareness of the social and educational benefits of play – and of course, to have an abundance of fun.

Many people don’t realise that the National Library has its own extraordinary collection of board games. More than just an entertaining pastime, board games also provide a fascinating historical perspective of events and society.

Living with the Locals

Bunboé, Murrangurk, Duramboi, Waki, Giom, Anco. These are the names that Indigenous people gave to some of the convict escapees and shipwreck survivors they took into their communities during the nineteenth century. Their generosity ensured the Europeans' survival and, for the most part, both parties mourned the white people's return to European life.


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