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Family Keeps Us Going

Portraits and Stories of Families of Aboriginal Nations Living in South-West Sydney by Jagath Dheerasekara.

State Library’s digitised collections showcased by Google’s Cultural Institute

In 2015 the Library began sharing some of its digitised collections on Google’s Cultural Institute. This is a free site to discover exhibits and collections from museums, libraries, galleries and archives all around the world.

We tell the world

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'.

Writing at Gallipoli

First hand accounts of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Governor Davey's Proclamation to the Aborigines

The Proclamation Board (1828-1830) is a four-strip pictogram aimed to communicate that those who committed violent crimes, be they Aboriginal  Australian or colonist, would be punished.

Crowd source

These “hidden camera” photos of Sydney street life from the 1880s instantly transport us back in time.

Architecture: nineteenth-century Sydney

Convict architect Francis Greenway was convinced of the importance of architecture to the development of early Sydney.

The Dixson map collection

Explore the extensive collection of 16th to 20th century maps donated by Sir William Dixson

Hitting the slopes

A young woman’s trip to Kosciusko in the 1930s sent her headlong into romance.
 

Found in the trenches

In the trenches of Gallipoli several Australian soldiers made a startling archelogical discovery.

Illuminated manuscripts

Illuminated manuscripts are some of the most beautiful written works ever produced.

Thomas Livingstone Mitchell: mapmaker

A larger-than-life character whose passions included the study of fossils, poetry and the mechanical and scientific arts, Mitchell looms large in Australian colonial history.

The Bowman flag

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.

Magna Carta

The Library holds a rare manuscript version of the 1297 statute of the Magna Carta that was signed by King John at Runnymede.

Convict artists in the time of Governor Macquarie

Many used their art to record and interpret the landscape and people of the early settlement.