Stories Featured stories Australian Inspiration Art and culture This is the story of Julie Paterson, one of Australia’s best known contemporary textile designers, and her design journey of drawing inspiration from the collection. The TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection Art and culture Discovery Natural world Six volumes of exquisite Australian natural history drawings dating from the first days of settlement. PopularShow AllPopularShow AllPopular Search Topic AnyAbout the State LibraryArt and cultureBehind the scenesCollection itemCurrent exhibitionDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPartnershipsPeopleAnyAbout the State LibraryArt and cultureBehind the scenesCollection itemCurrent exhibitionDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPartnershipsPeople Topic Format AudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideoAudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideo Story Format Search Reset All 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 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. 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.