What’s your favourite object in the Library’s current exhibition #TheSell?

Peter Appleton is Assistant Director, Exhibitions at the Library. Peter led the team that framed, mounted and installed The Sell. He’s picked this 1992 poster advertising the now-departed Big Day Out festival as his favourite. We asked him why:

‘It’s pure nostalgia for me. This was the year I first moved out of home...
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Ever wanted to know whether changes in technology would spell the end of traditional press photography? If you missed our event in February, you can listen to the discussion with researchers Sally Young and Fay Anderson, and Andrew Meares, Chief Photographer, Fairfax Media.

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Shooting the Picture

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We recently had a photo shoot with Sachiko, who graciously modelled for us, for an upcoming 'thing' here at the Library. Can anyone guess what it might be for?
What does chicken, champagne and a message from the King have in common?

'A very enjoyable dinner'

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If you weren't able to make it to Stephen Dupont's lecture in January, you can now listen to it online. He speaks about his artists's books project, then joins our Treasures Curator Nat Williams in conversation.

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From Raskols to We Cut Heads

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"History is women following behind with the bucket."

Kathryn Favelle, Director, Community Outreach investigated our Treasures Gallery to find the women currently depicted there and discovered Lady O'Connell. Learn more about the woman behind the portrait in this new blog post.

Visit the #TreasuresGallery next time you're at the Library and see what is on display.


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Looking for Lady O'Connell

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The Pacific Islands monthly (PIM) has been digitised and is now fully text searchable and available on Trove! The first issue was published in 1930 and the magazine ran until 2000.

PIM is an unrivalled source of information about current affairs, agriculture, transport, communications, local people and their life and customs, commodities, geography, climate, mining, sport and much more.

Pacific Islands monthly digitised

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Erica Ryan donned her thinking cap and got to puzzling over an acrostic riddle she found in one of our rare books. Who wrote it and who was it about?

A Matavai Bay acrostic riddle

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To celebrate #HarmonyDay we're offering 20% off Tony Flower's 'Hello!'

Meet 12 Australian friends who can speak different languages. They tell us how to count from 1 to 10, say hello and goodbye and lots of other words in their languages about play, food, hobbies and clothes. 'Hello!' is beautiful celebration of our diversity! Everyone belongs.

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Yiasou! Annyong! Midh! Hello and happy Harmony Day!

One of the things that make our country so wonderful is the incredibly rich variety of cultures and languages of the people who call it home. The Library celebrates the magnificent diversity of Australia in our beautifully illustrated children’s book, Hello!, which invites you to come along and meet 12 Australian friends who can speak...
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Due to popular demand - well two people requested it - on this #internationaldayofhappiness we bring you, obviously, puppies.
Image: Frank Hurley
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On this #internationaldayofhappiness, along with the lovely Ethel Irving, we wish you the best of days.
Image: Actress Ethel Irving, circa 1890s. From the David Elliott theatrical postcard collection.
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Next time you visit the Library, come take a look at a new sculpture we have in our Special Collections Reading room. Senior Curator, Robyn Holmes, explains a bit more about the composer Peter Tahourdin, the inspiration behind the sculpture.

An "Open Book" to Peter Tahourdin

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Why does it take so many clever people so many hours and rather a lot of money to work out the best way to sell a $1 chocolate bar? We reveal all at [ Nla.gov.au Link ]
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Image by Francis Reiss. 2007.
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With the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Scheme back in the news, we pay tribute to the remarkable work of photographer Wolfgang Sievers in capturing the original construction work in 1957.
Image: Tunnel under construction, Snowy Mountains Scheme. NSW.
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How has your favourite footy team’s uniform evolved over time?

Although it’s hard for us to imagine today, early Australian footballers in the 19th century ran around the field in baggy knickerbockers, laced ankle boots, cloth caps and flannel jerseys. By the First World War though things finally started loosening up with a slimmer, briefer uniform becoming popular that could even include...
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This small oil on canvas shows the view from Point Venus in Tahiti from which James Cook observed the transit of Venus across the sun in 1769. William Hodges was the official artist on Cook’s second Pacific voyage (1772–1775) and he painted this view during this trip when Cook visited Tahiti for a second time in April, 1774. His are among the greatest portraits and views of any of Cook’s...
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Join us next week for a free talk with National Library Fellow Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens, as she explores the connections between scientific knowledge and the creative imagination in Australia.

Fabulous Creations: Con-scientists

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Captain William Bligh's notebook, written in his hand, details how and by whom he was cast off his boat, the Bounty, in 1789. And it just so happens that this gem is now on show in our #TreasuresGallery. Bligh arrived back in London #onthisday a year later. He was honourably acquitted in a London court - and was later made Governor of the new colony of New South Wales.
If you can't visit,...
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In preparation for their author talk on 20 March, we posed some questions to researchers and authors, Dr Jackie Dickenson and Robert Crawford:

What is the oddest thing you have seen while researching the Australian advertising industry?
RC: A number of our participants likened the experience of being interviewed to being on the psychologist’s couch…
JD: Highly-paid grownups sitting around a...
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Behind Glass Doors

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