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If you're visiting Canberra in the coming months, be sure to pop into the Treasures Gallery to see our latest collections-in-focus mini exhibition on Athol Shmith's fashion photography.

Athol Shmith fashion photographs | National Library of Australia

Packing for travel can be a daunting task at the best of times, but if you were embarking on a solo round-the-world flight in 1933 what would you pack?

Taking advice from Charles Ulm, ambitious airwoman Lores Bonney packed rations that were high energy and unlikely to spoil including dates, cheese, chocolate, Ovaltine and bully beef, as well as a flask of brandy and plenty of water. Other...
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Art in Australia is now available online via Trove thanks to a joint project between UOW Library, UNSW Library and the National Library of Australia.

To check out the publication, head to Trove: [ Nla.gov.au Link ]
Issue 1 of our new digital magazine, Unbound, has just been published!

The December 2016 issue features a lead article by Dr Penny Olsen on the symbolism of owls, three articles on the theme 'Adventures in Asia', and regular features that will be familiar to readers of the print magazine. Unbound will shine a light on the Library's collection. Be there from the beginning!

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Once upon a time there was a keen Canberra researcher, a mythical 1824 letter from a son to his mother, an astonishingly generous woman on the other side of the world and a very grateful National Library of Australia.
666 ABC Canberra storyteller Louise Maher reveals all.
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Congratulations to Dr Marie-Louise Ayres who was named today as the next Director-General of the National Library of Australia. Making the announcement, Minister for the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, said Dr Ayres has served in senior management roles at the National Library of Australia since 2002, including leading the development of transformative digital services. More recently, she has...
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It was our first mass-produced car, the Holden FX, launched #onthisday in 1948 - for the bargain price of 760 pounds. Did you know it was marketed as the "Holden" to honour Sir Edward Holden, the company's first chairman and grandson of J.A. Holden, who established the original saddlery business - a business that moved from horses to cars in 1908. You do now.
PS: There also just happen to be...
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Could there be a better way to celebrate the unveiling of Gundagai's Dog on a Tuckerbox statue than with a snowdome - or 500? Prime Minister Joe Lyons did the honours #onthisday in 1932. The statue was created by Gundagai stonemason Frank Rusconi. We're not sure who created the snowdomes in later years, but clearly someone with impeccable taste.
Image: John Larkins, Great Australian Book of...
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‘Shipwrecks frequently lie in positions of difficult access—not surprising considering that they were usually wrecked due to those same difficulties. The remains of HMS Sirius lie in very shallow seas, usually swept by breaking surf.

Using compact, extreme wide-angle-lensed cameras, the diving photographers must be ready and able to capture their images in the rare moments of water calm and...
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For purely medicinal reasons only, we recommend #TheSell. Hic.
Image courtesy of Penfolds.
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We got to take a sneak peek at the new collections-in-focus exhibition currently being installed in our Treasures Gallery. This exhibition showcases some of Athol Shmith's fashion photographs. It will be ready to view from tomorrow and is in place until July 2017.

Walter Burley Griffin's preliminary plan for Canberra, 1913. Signed (bottom right-hand corner), sealed and delivered.
The acclaimed architect was born #onthisday in 1876.
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It's moments like these when you need ... someone as entertaining as entrepreneur and philanthropist, Harold Mitchell, AC, to open an exhibition like #TheSell: Australian Advertising 1790s-1990s. It's Time to party, our supporters, guests and staff said. And party they did, like it was the 50s, 60s, 70s ... complete with tasty things on Jatz, devils on horseback and, of course, fabulous...
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Opening day! Come and see #TheSell, it runs until April 2017.

Moments like these - National Library's Aussie ads exhibition opens

The Sell opens tomorrow and we hope to see you over the coming months. We had a little party tonight to celebrate with Dollface performing some jingles along with their usual repertoire, and a lolly bar for those moments when you just need a Mintie.

We can't wait to show you our latest exhibition. For more information: [ Nla.gov.au Link ]
We welcomed acclaimed Australian artist Janet Venn-Brown for the launch of Peter Manning's biography about her, A Life in Art. The stories of Janet's remarkable life are held in our collection here [ Nla.gov.au Link ].
Her papers relate to her relationship with Palestinian activist Wael Zuaiter and her artistic career, including diaries, notebooks, photographs and letters. During her visit,...
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Join us for the 2016 National Folk Fellow Lecture on 30 November. Chris Sullivan will recreate the unique sounds of the concertina from music selected from the Library’s Oral History and Folklore Collection. He will be joined by the Horton River Band. Book your tickets now.

This event is in association with the National Folk Festival.

National Folk Fellow Lecture 2016

It's International Games Day Australia and we had a look through our collection to find some games to share with you. Which one would you like to play?

Board games in the Library

A dream came true for Moira Christie of Canberra today when she was named winner of the Money to Read Don Quixote project - a joint event with the Embassy of Spain, mmmm... - and, of course, us. Moira has won what we all reckon has to be the best gig in the world: read a classic novel (Don Quixote), on a comfy chair, in the National Library of Australia - and get paid $1500 for the...
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The original ‘Wild White Man’, William Buckley escaped convict life at Port Phillip into the bush in 1802. Months after his escape, nearing death in a frigid winter, Buckley was discovered by a local Aboriginal tribe. Mistaking him for the reborn spirit of one of their own deceased warriors, they called him Murrangurk—meaning one who had been killed and come to life again—and took him into...
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