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20 May 2020
Creative inspiration for days
Being a creative can be a tough calling these days, there is so much competition and...
14 May 2020
New, temporary online resources
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most libraries have temporarily closed the doors of their physical buildings...
12 May 2020
COVID-19: Preserving the stories of Australia
As Australians live through a global pandemic, the National Library of Australia is determined to make...
12 May 2020
Years of Saving Lives: The Australian Red Cross
They save lives and support people before and after disasters strike. They work to alleviate suffering...
8 May 2020
Tales of Old Parliament House
On May 9, Old Parliament House celebrates its 93rd birthday; the new Commonwealth of Australia finally had...
28 Apr 2020
Teaching the First World War
The way we mark Anzac Day is always, at least a little bit different each year...
24 Apr 2020
ANZAC Voices: A Legacy of Service and Sacrifice
This year’s ANZAC Day will be very different from previous ones with social distancing meaning traditional...
23 Apr 2020
Sharing Our Shakespeare
Shakespeare’s birthday is traditionally celebrated on 23 April. With theatres closed around the world, this year...
19 Apr 2020
Illustrating Indigenous Australia
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the illustration process of a picture book, this is...
15 Apr 2020
All Things Folk at the National Library
Bring all things folk to your living room and explore the folklore collections at the National...
8 Apr 2020
This is what a feminist looks like
When I first started working for the National Library of Australia, the exhibition Deeds Not Words...
5 Apr 2020
The National Library at home
A blog post by OliviaEarlier this year, with great excitement, I packed up my life and...
31 Mar 2020
Masks, Soap and Courage
Amongst the many voices that make up the National Library of Australia’s Oral History and Folklore...
30 Mar 2020
Three months of uninterrupted research. Heaven.
Every year, thanks to our generous donors, the National Library is able to host a select...
26 Mar 2020
Luna Park - Just for Fun
Sydney’s Luna Park, nestled beside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and with Harbour frontage, has a special...
25 Mar 2020
Publishing a book in 1784
When I've seen manuscripts of famous books, I’ve thought about the process between that handwritten draft...
19 Mar 2020
A melancholy loss
On this day, 19 March 1790 – 230 years ago – HMS Sirius was wrecked on...
6 Mar 2020
When I moved to Canberra from Perth in 2014, I lost my public holiday long weekend...
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