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.

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.

Come Alive! 2016

This past Saturday, the curtain came down on the Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre, following its seventh annual run.

Come Alive is a performance festival where students gain inspiration from the exhibitions and collections of cultural institutions and create theatre performances that have drawn on a variety of characters, objects, events and stories from our history.

In 2016, Come Alive was hosted for the first time by the National Library of Australia in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House.

Finding the history of your house

Earlier this year I purchased my first Canberra house, and can understand the curiosity people have about the history of their homes. The Ask a Librarian team often receives questions from people interested in this topic, and my own experience has undeniably made these types of question very interesting to me:

I would like to find out when my house was built and what kind of name I can use for it.

I just want to know when it was built and how old it is. 


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