Hungry? Maybe you’d like to wrap your laughing gear ‘round a snag or a sanger, or maybe, like these cheeky little possums, you’d prefer some other kind of tucker—like freshly shucked oysters! Just don’t eat too much, you’ll be full as a goog.
Aussie slang sprang from a variety of sources such as First World War diggers, Indigenous languages, and bushrangers. Have a laugh with H.G. Nelson as he...
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Maps are an oft-overlooked component of Trove, but you can search more than 600,000 of them. More and more are becoming freely available online.

Here's one of our favourites. It shows areas of sheep and wheat production in Australia. Have a close look! It was part of a series of maps edited by eminent geographer Thomas Griffith Taylor (1880-1963) in the 1920s. Others in the series show...
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Would you like special access to one of the world's greatest collections to do your research? Applications are now open for new National Library of Australia Fellowships.
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Image: 2017 National Library Fellow Dr Anna-Sophie Jurgens.
Dr Jurgens will present her research findings On the Origin and Evolution of a Species: Australian Scientists in Fiction...
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The National Library of Australia - your new home of glam. Well, at least on Friday 3 March when we celebrate 'Mad Women and Advertising'. Join us in your best vintage frock/suit/something rather attractive for an evening of champagne, canapes and general fabulousness.
We'll be celebrating everything from our exhibition #TheSell to #Enlighten
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What’s your favourite object in the Library’s current exhibition, The Sell?

This is Brooke, Visitor Services Officer at the Library. Brooke is often the first port of call for visitors to The Sell, fielding enquiries at the Library’s front desk. She has chosen three 1920s Swallow & Ariell posters attributed to James Northfield. Displayed together, they show how a chromolithograph or colour...
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This hand-drawn map showing trenches at Gallipoli was named 'The Cornfield'. But where was it exactly? We did some research to find out where it might be in relation to other known Gallipoli locations such as Shell Green and Lone Pine.

This map is currently on display in our #TreasuresGallery.
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Finding 'The Cornfield'
Take a look at how the humble cookbook evolved over the years.
Do you have a family cookbook at home? Any particular favourites?

A family cookbook chock full of handwritten notes, recipe cards and cuttings compiled by Mabel Lean and her daughter Laura Smallman, is currently on display in our #TreasuresGallery.

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The rise of the cookbook
Kate Grenville will be here on Monday talking about her latest book, The Case Against Fragrance: [ Link ]

Something smells off: Kate Grenville's case against fragrance
Happy birthday Banjo Paterson!

#onthisday in 1864 one of Australia’s most celebrated and iconic writers, Andrew Barton Paterson, came into the world. As a youngster Barty was inspired by a local bushman known as Jerry the Rhymer—as well as his own grandmother, a published poet—to express his love of the Aussie bush and its lifestyle through verse. He adopted a pen-name, ‘The Banjo’ (after a...
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Our Curator of Manuscripts, Kylie Scroope, showed off some of the treasures of our Braga collection today to a Portuguese TV crew. They're shooting a documentary on Portuguese cultural heritage in Australia.
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Some lovely marbled endpapers for your viewing pleasure this morning. These decorative pages come from an item in our Rex Nan Kivell collection, A Second letter from Obera, Queen of Otaheite, to Joseph Banks, Esq.

Do you have a book at home that has pretty #endpapers? Take a picture and share it in the comments.

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Where did it come from and how did it get here? A question easily answered in a Library, or so we thought.

Follow reference librarian, Sue, as she chases a mystery around Victorian era England to colonial New Zealand and into silent era Hollywood. All to find out if the elusive Lady of the Locket ever played in Australia and how she came to rest in the Library’s very own JC Williamson collection.

Lady of the Locket
#onthisday in 1779, James Cook was killed at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii.

James Cook is one of Britain’s most important navigators and explorers of the eighteenth century. On his first voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Endeavour, he observed the transit of Venus, and charted the east coast of Australia. Cook’s remarkable handwritten Endeavour journal is on permanent display in our Treasures...
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Today is a day all about love. No, this isn’t a post about that sneaky Cupid going around with his bow and arrow for Valentine’s Day. No, this is a post about a love that is not as easy to express in the form of flowers and chocolates*. We’re talking about #librarylove.

Today is Library Lovers’ Day! We’d love to hear about why you love your library. We know that while we’re your National...
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Madeleine Thien is a Canadian short story writer and novelist whose most recent book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Literature. Hear from Thien as she explores the epic and resonant novel about the far-reaching effects of China's revolutionary history, told through the stories of two interlinked musical families, from the 1940s to the present...
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Special Event: Madeleine Thien

Dr Gillian Arrighi is one of our lucky Fellowship recipients in 2017. She'll be working at the Library for the next little while investigating the significance of child performers to Australian commercial entertainment in the period 1880-1920 and the influence of popular theatre on Australian children’s culture.

NLA Fellowships in 2017
What’s your favourite object in #TheSell? Let us know in the comments.

Our eagle-eyed exhibitions editor Amelia has chosen this huge c. 1906 poster as her favourite. Amelia ensures that labels and other text produced for the exhibition is consistent and easy to understand.

This post is the third in our behind-the-scenes series, spotlighting Library staff who worked on The Sell. We asked...
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Have you ever wanted to get a copy of a library item? We can help you there. Trove is the wonderful gateway to our Copies Direct service.

Copy that!
If the heat is getting to you, just chill with us - and the remarkable work of Frank Hurley.
Image: A summer idyll, midnight by the great ice-barrier. Antarctica. Circa 1910.
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What can we learn from James Tyson, Australia's first self-made millionaire?

Lessons from Australia's first self-made millionaire