Stories Featured stories Eora Indigenous People Delve deep into the stories and lives of Indigenous Sydney before European settlement. Voyages of Discovery Discovery Partnerships Europeans had been searching for rich new lands in the Southern Hemisphere long before Captain James Cook arrived on the east coast of Australia in 1770. Popular Show All Popular Show AllPopular Search Topic Topic Any Art and culture Discovery History Indigenous Natural world People About the State Library Behind the scenes Partnerships Current exhibition Collection item AnyArt and cultureDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPeopleAbout the State LibraryBehind the scenesPartnershipsCurrent exhibitionCollection item Format Story Format Audio Blog Image In Depth Quick Reads Video AudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideo Search Reset All The Garden Palace History Sydney’s Garden Palace was a magnificent building with a grandeur that dominated the skyline and captivated society from its opening in 1879. Three years later it was destroyed in a devastating fire. The modern garden by Howard TannerCurrent exhibition Outstanding gardens are revealed by leading photographers in a new exhibition. Voyages of Discovery Discovery Partnerships Europeans had been searching for rich new lands in the Southern Hemisphere long before Captain James Cook arrived on the east coast of Australia in 1770. Shakespeare 400 Art and culture People About the State Library Commemorating the life and work of William Shakespeare and marking the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. We tell the world Art and culture Sydney signwriting and decorating firm Althouse & Geiger was founded in 1875 by two American immigrants from Pennsylvania. The Library’s collection offers glimpses of the company that once boasted, 'We tell the world everything it wants to know'. The Bowman flag History Partnerships Our first coat of arms? The first recorded use of the kangaroo and emu supporting a shield is found on the Bowman Flag of 1806. Eora Indigenous People Delve deep into the stories and lives of Indigenous Sydney before European settlement. Burke and Wills Discovery People Partnerships As white settlement in Australia progressed, rumours abounded in the coastal cities as to what lay in the country’s largely unexplored centre. The Tasman Map Art and culture Discovery History About the State Library The story of the Tasman Map is a tale of mystery, discovery and a chance finding on the Nullarbor Plain. Felons History People With its convict beginnings, it’s hardly surprising that New South Wales has produced more than its fair share of villains. Architect of the screen Art and culture People Eric Thompson’s career as an architect, artist and filmmaker highlights the close connection between architecture and design in the development of the film industry. Catching a cab Art and culture People A surprise bestseller in 1886, Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab continues to intrigue.