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Australian Inspiration

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

Six volumes of exquisite Australian natural history drawings dating from the first days of settlement. 

A French sailor-artist on the South Seas

An enquiry from France brings to light a gem of nineteenth century travel illustration.

Under the sun

Max Dupain’s Sunbaker has inspired an exhibition of contemporary and thought-provoking artworks. 

The Enjoyment of a good story

From tales of colonial adventure to moralising educational tracts, children’s literature in nineteenth-century Australia played a significant role in educating children as the nation’s future citizens. 

Slide show

The quirky and obscure Hallams slide collection is a curator’s dream, revealing ordinary Australian gardens in the 1960s and 70s.

Michael Riley

A Common Place displays 15 dramatic portraits of Moree Murries taken by Michael Riley, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous contemporary artists.

Conrad Martens and George Edwards Peacock - Sydney Artists

Artists have always been attracted to the natural beauty of Sydney Harbour and its foreshores. Darling Point particularly, with its natural beauty and impressive villas, was a popular subject for both artists and photographers alike.

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'.

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

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.

Francis Greenway: convict architect

Francis Greenway (1777- 1837) produced some of the finest colonial buildings in Australia.

Seven Little Australians - Ethel Turner

"We have decided to go to Lindfield. It will be like being buried alive to live in a quiet little country place after the bustle and excitement of town life".