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Phil May (1864–1903), The Mongolian Octopus—Its Grip on Australia, The Bulletin, 21 August 1886
On 12 March 1868 a man called Henry O’Farrell shot and wounded the Prince at Clontarf in Sydney. The prince’s life was saved when the bullet was deflected by his Indian rubber braces.
What are acceptable risks you would take in a job? During my career in the library sector, I have gotten more than a few paper cuts, and once had a mishap with a pencil that entailed a rush to the doctor to remove a lead stuck under my fingernail. Therefore, it is with some awe that I examine the life of Frank Hurley, who seemed to willingly throw himself in front of trains, into Antarctic waters, and in the line of enemy fire, all in pursuit of the perfect photograph.
Have you ever tried to talk to children about current affairs, politics or history? How did it go?
Presenting these subjects in easily accessible chunks is quite difficult, and a challenge professional cartoonists know very well. How do they condense a complex idea or event down into one simple drawing?
Photographer Frank Hurley is a perennial favourite. A prolific photographer and traveller, his work covers everything from life in Australia in the early twentieth century, to the events of both World Wars. His adventures in Antarctica, alongside heroes like Earnest Shackleton and Douglas Mawson, make him beloved by many.
Inked: Australian Cartoons is the Library’s new exhibition about the history of Australian political cartooning. Drawn from the Library’s extensive collection of over 14,000 cartoons, the exhibition travels through time from the 1780s back to the present, providing a series of snapshots of major events and personalities from Australian history.
James Cook commanded three Royal Navy voyages to the Pacific between 1768 and his death in Hawaii in 1779. They were scientific and strategic in nature, and extensive documentation was vital to their success. Artists travelled on all of them, and they produced invaluable records. The National Library of Australia’s recent exhibition Cook and the Pacific, on display until 10 February 2019, looked at Cook’s voyages as meetings of peoples and their knowledge systems.