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.
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.
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.
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.
Last month, local ABC radio presenter, Hailey Renault, asked Mount Isa residents about what having MIMAG—the Mount Isa Mining Magazine—available in Trove meant to them.
MIMAG was the in-house magazine of Mount Isa Mines; copies from 1947 to 1996 have been digitised and are now available in Trove.
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.
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.
This month’s Trove highlight is the New South Wales Government Gazette. The lives of thousands of ordinary people are mentioned in every issue, making it a valuable source when researching Australia’s history.
Exploring the NSW Government Gazette in Trove will take you on a journey from 1832 to 2001.