Melodrama in Meiji Japan - Part One

The Preservation team at the National Library of Australia have recently been working with a number of amazing items that are now on display as part of the Melodrama in Meiji Japan exhibition. Many of these include stunningly beautiful and brightly coloured Japanese woodblock prints, also termed Kuchi-e (pronounced ‘koo-chi-eh’), literally translated as ‘mouth-picture’. A major part of the exhibition were the prints donated by Professor Richard Clough from 2011 to 2014.

Trove kicks premiership goal

What was an 1896 premiership trophy doing in the Fitzroy Football Club Museum in Melbourne when the then VFA club had finished fifth that year?

 That was the puzzle facing Hobart-based football historian Adam Muyt when a member of the Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Historical Society contacted him realising the trophy belonged to another club, albeit with the same name.

 

Myth-busting Trove corrects record

old building

Parliament House, Spring Street, Melbourne at the time of the Federation celebrations, May 1901. http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/227707087

The truth is out there – just waiting for Trove to find it.

Trove is proving to be more than just a vicarious time machine or a research tool, its users are discovering real power in the way it can set the record straight and bust myths.

Women landed vital wartime role

Photograph from the Australian Women's Weekly of 24 April 1943 shows Dulcie Edwards working as a logger. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46447618

What did you do in the war, Mummy?

A whole lot more than most people think, or remember, according to some Trove-driven research emerging out of New England, in northern New South Wales.

A uniform for a dapper diplomat

During my research for Badge, Boot, Button: The Story of Australian Uniforms, I looked at one of the many curious treasures in the National Library's collection: a large metal trunk painted red and black, with a label engraved ‘P. Shaw Esq'. Inside the trunk, folds of black wool and a burst of feathers resolve themselves into a uniform decorated with gold braid and topped with a plumed bicorn hat.

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