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11 Dec 2020   Blog

The Streetscapes of Marvellous Melbourne

As a curator, what you see in certain objects tends to evolve and change over the...

11 Dec 2020   Blog

Using subject clippings to find non-digitised news

Hidden within the National Library’s collection storage area is an array of nondescript filing cabinets containing...

11 Dec 2020   Blog

Hazel de Berg's Oral History Interviews

Hazel de Berg (1913–1984) was a woman of immense talent who, from 1957 onwards, created the...

3 Dec 2020   Blog

International Day of People with Disability

The third of December each year is the International Day of People with Disability, a day...

2 Dec 2020   Blog

What's new in the Treasures Gallery?

This summer, you’ll see a swathe of great new stories in our Treasures Gallery. Some mark...

1 Dec 2020   Blog

World Aids Day - 1 December

William Yang, The last candle, AIDS vigil [The Domain, Sydney], 1994, nla.cat-vn-3097674In 1992, the Australian Federation...

20 Nov 2020   Blog

From Braidwood to the Red Planet

Did you know that one of Australia’s early science fiction writers was a woman from the...

11 Nov 2020   Blog

Introducing BlackWords by AustLit

In the past decade, literature by Indigenous Australian authors has achieved increasing commercial and critical success...

6 Nov 2020   Blog

NAIDOC Week at the National Library

Always Was, Always Will BeThis year the National Library of Australia is celebrating NAIDOC Week (8-15...

23 Oct 2020   Blog

Interview with author Patricia Clarke

'Governess Wanted', The Courier (Hobart), 28 June 1848, nla.news-article2968730For educated middle-class women in 19th-century Britain, options...

23 Oct 2020   Blog

Ellis Rowan

Ellis Rowan (1848–1922) is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. Best known for her striking wildflower...

16 Oct 2020   Blog

Where the Children's Books Are

In our reading rooms, we often hear the question, ‘Where are the children’s books?’The short answer...

12 Oct 2020   Blog

Old Sydney

In the first decades of the 20th century, a trend developed in Australian art for romantic...

9 Oct 2020   Blog

Whatever the weather!

Like a cyclone brewing in the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, Australia’s Wild, Weird, Wonderful...

6 Oct 2020   Blog

Interview with a bookseller

For Love Your Bookshop Day on 3 October, we collected bookshop-related questions from the #NLADigitalCommunity via...

29 Sep 2020   Blog

The Seymour Biography Lecture

Presented in spring, the Seymour Biography Lecture has been one of the highlights of the National...

21 Sep 2020   Blog

Meandering

Truth be told, the subtitle of my history of Australian rivers—The Lifeblood of Australia—was the suggestion...

30 Aug 2020   Blog

Interview with Family Historian Vanita Kumar

From 1879 to 1916, over 60,000 Indians migrated to Fiji under the Indentured Labourer Scheme. The...