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Our national capital was scarred forever #onthisday in 2003 when fire claimed four lives and 500 homes. With high temperatures forecast for the eastern states today, and bushfires raging, stay safe everyone. And, as ever, give thanks to our remarkable emergency services and volunteers including ACT Emergency Services Agency, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW SES
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Caption competition!

It’s not every day we exhibit something with a chunk missing, but this rare 1851 emigration poster—now on display in #TheSell – was too good to leave out from the exhibition.

What’s missing from the top left? Let us know what you think the word or words could be.

This poster was issued by the Colonial Land and Emigration Commission, a British government body...
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One of the most significant moments in South-East Asian history is now preserved for all time, thanks to a joint venture between the National Library of Australia and The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra.
The embassy has funded the digitisation of the Berita Repoeblik Indonesia newspaper, 1945-1946, which records the formation of the new independent government.
The newspaper's...
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Trying to remind ourselves what rain was like, we came across this gem from the Australian Inland Mission collection, naming Innisfail as "Our Rain Queen" for 1894 - thanks to a torrentially terrific 211 inches in April of that year. Quite the splash.
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Are you planning on doing some study this year? Or do you have a research project you're working on? If ever you need some help finding elusive information or want some pointers on where to find further information on your topic, don't forget you can always ask a librarian!

We have lovely reference librarians who would love to help you, so just remember if you get a bit stuck, just ask! We...
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Do you have a giant to-read pile at home? How about a to-listen "pile"? Our Director of Community Outreach has put together a list of her favourite audio stories that are all about the Library and our collections.

Summer Listening - Library Life

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Our rare book facsimile of the month is John Norden's manuscript maps of Cornwall and its nine hundreds. It is on display in our Special Collections Reading Room.

John Norden (c. 1547 – 1625) was an English cartographer and surveyor. Among his most famous works are a series of county maps and accompanying county histories of England, the Speculum Britanniae. His maps of the Cornwall nine...
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He was the master of light, shade and, famously, colour.
Melbourne artist Leonard French, the creator of our stunning stained-glass windows, has died. He was 88.
Acclaimed around the world for his large-scale mosaic installations, French began his working life as a signwriter. He went on to receive an OBE in 1968 for his services to painting.
Our 16 French windows, made of Belgian and French...
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It was #onthisday in 1836 that H.M.S. Beagle entered Sydney Harbour. Among those on board was a young man of 26 years, a man whose first priority, so the story goes, was to investigate the origin of the species. So during the Beagle's 19-day stay in Sydney he hired a man, and two horses, to take him to ... Bathurst.
The young man was Charles Darwin - and this terracotta bust of him, circa...
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It may be the end of the line for the Hills Hoist, as far as its Aussie ownership is concerned - [ Bbc.com Link ] - but at least, in the wash-up, we'll still have this circa 1955 memory in our latest exhibition #TheSell. You could say, we have it pegged.
We've never looked so pretty! What an amazing shot by Glenn Martin Photos.
The Preservation team share the story of this little red book that came into the lab needing some repairs.

The little red book that could

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Here's your ear worm for the weekend. The curator of #TheSell has put together a playlist of Australian TV ads for your enjoyment. What's your favourite TV ad?

To see the whole playlist head here: [ Youtube.com Link ]

Make Those Bodies Sing

One of Australia's most famous classic commercial. Enjoy!

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From colourful posters from big companies to government notices, our current exhibition #TheSell has a wide range of advertisements to view. However, one item stood out for one staff member: a wanted ad for a pet dog.

Louis Jules Matras and his lost dog

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Have you ever told a ‘furphy’?

Furphy tanks for farms were originally manufactured in Victoria in the late nineteenth century, and during the First World War they came in handy for carrying water both at home and to troops at the front. These tanks, each carrying the name of the manufacturer as a source of advertising, became places to gather and exchange stories—some exaggerated or untrue....
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When a question about which publications some ads came from landed on her desk, reference librarian Sue Chan donned her 'girl detective' hat and got searching.

Armed with some photos of the ads, it was fairly easy for her to track down some of them. But one remained quite elusive. Join her on this quest into vintage advertisements.

Speaking of vintage advertisements, there's this fantastic...
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Vintage advertisements

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That's no moon... Oh wait, it is the moon! Inspired by the recent 'super moon' event, Lisa from our Maps team had a look through our collection of amazing maps for maps of the moon. While technology has allowed us to map the moon accurately, early maps were quite accurate.

Moon mappers: scientists & dreamers

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How do you feel? Need the ‘thirst crusher’ and a chocolate biscuit that’s ‘really, really cool’ before hopping in your goggo mobile? That's G-O-G-G-O.

We do. What’s your favourite Australian TV ad? To keep us all—well, at least the curator—humming through #TheSell exhibition, she’s created a YouTube playlist. Here are 35 to get us started. Let us know what you think.

Australian television ads youtube playlist

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Want somewhere cool to take the kids over the holidays? Okay, maybe not as cool as Antartica, but we're pretty close. Why not drop in to Wordplay!

Wordplay is an activity space for little ones to read, write, illustrate and imagine. Open from 10am-4pm until 29 January 2017.

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Happy New Year to you all. Here's to a wonderful 2017!

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