On the eve of ANZAC Day Australia New Zealand, hear our Curator of Maps, Martin Woods - in this video shot by the Department of Communications and the Arts - talk about newsmaps and why they were so important to everyone touched by war.
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On the eve of ANZAC Day Australia New Zealand hear our Curator
Craig Wilcox, author of Badge, Boot, Button: The Story of Australian Uniforms, got to look inside one of our collection items, a metal trunk.

What was inside? Read the blog post to find out.
Craig Wilcox author of Badge Boot Button The Story of Australian Uniforms

A uniform for a dapper diplomat

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‘Truly, we have been through the Shadow of Death, as our regiment has been cut to pieces, and all our officers killed or wounded except two’.

In a letter to his mother, Captain Leslie Hore gave this harrowing account of the disastrous Battle of The Nek, fought as part of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Infused with deep feeling, he also created the ‘Anzac Panorama’, a very personal...
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Truly we have been through the Shadow of Death as our regiment
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Celebrating #EarthDay. Naturally.
Image by Peter Dombrovskis. Autumn waterfall, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. 1978.
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Celebrating EarthDay Naturally
Image by Peter Dombrovskis Autumn waterfall Cradl
Is this you?
As a Corporate Services expert, you’ve probably reached the top of your game. If it’s a fresh challenge you’re after, how about leading an executive team that looks after one of the most iconic buildings in the land? You’ll need to be smart, experienced and strategic – and have a passion for the the National Library of Australia. For more information, go to [ Nga.net.au Link ] ....
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Is this you As a Corporate Services expert youve probably reached the
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Join us for a true Aussie classic - Blinky Bill is coming to the Library! Bring your own little koalas (ages 3-8) to see Dorothy Wall's The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill come to life, with the musical stylings of Mr Tim and Ensemble Offspring.

This show is part of the Canberra International Music Festival with two performances on April 30, one at 9:30am and one at 11am. Book your...
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Join us for a true Aussie classic Blinky Bill is coming to

Blinky Bill

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Have you got what it takes to lead a unique branch of your National Library of Australia? If you can combine business innovation, digital access with collaboration – and love working with smart, passionate people, we might just have the job for you. SES Band 1, Assistant Director-General, National Collections Access. Applications close 7 May. [ Nga.net.au Link ]
Have you got what it takes to lead a unique branch of
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Suzanne Mansfield
Beth Louise
What’s your favourite object in The Sell exhibition? Let us know.

This is Nick’s favourite object. Nick is a specialist preparator, who framed and mounted much of what’s on display in The Sell.

This post is part of a behind-the-scenes series, spotlighting Library staff who worked on The Sell. We asked Nick two questions.

What’s your favourite object? Nick chose this Life. Be in it...
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Rach Small
Catherine Ann Kelly
‘My dear Nora, I am in a state of semi-starvation for want of news. We might as well be on a desert island as here for all we know of the doings of the rest of the world or even of our own family …’
- Rose Paterson, 9 April 1873

Most people will be introduced to Rose Paterson by reading the poems and stories of her son, Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson. But so subtle are the references that...
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My dear Nora I am in a state of semistarvation for want
Susie Weller
So why didn't Plasti-pads become the greatest shoulder pads ever to stand up to top frocks and suits? They were made in Australia. Tick. From the best plastic foam available. Tick. And were guaranteed boilable. Tick. See for yourself in #TheSell - our exhibition about the history of Australian advertising.
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So why didnt Plastipads become the greatest shoulder pads ever to stand
Janice Gibb
Australia's oldest, continuously published newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald was launched #onthisday in 1831. This staff photo was taken almost 100 years later - apparently men wearing ties were the journalists of choice back in those days.
NB: Looks like they're building something rather impressive to the left of the photograph.
Image: Fairfax archive of glass plate negatives. 1930.
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Australias oldest continuously published newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald was
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John Ruffels
Colin Lambert
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a nurse was putting a monkey on the back of a dog? Wonder no more!

This is part of our April Flickr collection, People and their pets. To see the rest of the images, head to Flickr: [ Flickr.com Link ]
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a nurse
Anthony Hornby
Steph Roberts
In case you missed the news from Trove, there are new Tasmanian newspapers available. Ian Morrison from LINC Tasmania shares some of the highlights from the newspapers in this blog post.
In case you missed the news from Trove there are new Tasmanian

A century of Tasmanian news

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Did you go away this Easter long weekend? Where did you go?

This image is from a collection called Dorothy Dudgeon and others from the Melbourne Women's Bushwalking Club, 1928-1930 and is labelled 'Dishwashing on South Gippsland trip 1928/9 Easter'.

We hope you're having a safe and happy Easter where ever you are.

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Did you go away this Easter long weekend Where did you go
What’s your favourite object in the Library’s current exhibition, The Sell ? Let us know.

This is Alex, the exhibition’s Assistant Curator. Alex delved into the Library’s collections to find all kinds of beauties.

This post is part of a behind-the-scenes series, spotlighting Library staff who worked on The Sell. We asked Alex two questions.

What’s your favourite object? Alex chose this...
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While some kids go crazy for the rides, or the showbags, this kid was all about the foal judging at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. With good reason too, this foal won a prize!

If you're planning on saddling up* and visiting us this Easter long weekend, we will have changed opening hours in place: [ Nla.gov.au Link ]

*Who can resist a good pun?

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While some kids go crazy for the rides or the showbags this
In case you missed her talk, you can now listen online to Madeleine Thien in conversation with Professor Paul Hetherington as they talk about Madeleine's recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing.
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In case you missed her talk you can now listen online to

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

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How can we make language and art work to change the world for the better? That's the question Girls Write Up is posing for this year's event.

Open to all teens aged 12-18, Girls Write Up will be in Canberra 6 May, then later will be in Melbourne 15-16 June, and Sydney 22-23 June.
How can we make language and art work to change the world

2017 Girls Write Up – Canberra · The Stella Prize

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Megan Lovell
Jane Callaghan
Imagine donning this uniform for work every day!

Governor Macquarie introduced the ‘magpie suit’ in 1814 for convicts in order to ‘brand their ill Conduct with a public Mark of Disgrace’. The stark uniforms were so distinct that it didn’t take long for them to become an unwanted emblem of an entire society. By the mid-1820s the sight of chained labourers shuffling together in sulphur and...
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Imagine donning this uniform for work every day
Tina Evans
Elly McDonald
Patrick Ball
Do you know the best feather to use for a quill? How to create straight lines on a page without making pencil lines? Or what to use to thin sticky ink?

If you know these answers, then perhaps you wouldn't need this book. The rare book facsimile of the month is Arte subtilissima, a writing manual cross copybook from 1550, which showed a variety of formal and informal hands and decorative...
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Do you know the best feather to use for a quill How

Sharpen that quill

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Fumi Biblio Cicero
Elly McDonald