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 Boy oh boy! by Cathy PerkinsArt and culture Behind the scenes Current exhibition In 25 years at the State Library, our Curator of Photographs has seen four people cry. Colour In Darkness by Elise Edmonds, Senior curatorArt and culture History Behind the scenes Hand-coloured scenes from the First World War are displayed together for the first time in almost 100 years. The Holtermann Collection History People Behind the scenes In 1951, a hoard of 3,500 glass plate negatives from the nineteenth century was discovered in a garden shed in Chatswood.