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 Frank Hurley's World War I Photography by Alison WishartArt and culture Discovery History Frank Hurley's photographs of the western front in 1917 and the Middle East in 1918 are arresting and iconic. Shutterbug Jitterbug Bondi Visionary Art and culture The photographs of George Caddy are an astonishing modernist record of Bondi Beach and its people during a remarkable era. French in Australia Art and culture Partnerships The history of the French in Australia dates from the arrival of the La Perouse expedition at Botany Bay in January 1788, just days after the landing of the First Fleet. Architecture: Arrival of Modernism Art and culture People Partnerships Architectural Modernism was a revolutionary rejection of past styles and the use of architectural ornament. Shipboard: the 19th century emigrant experience Art and culture History Partnerships Shipboard brings to life the experience of the long voyage to Australia undertaken by thousands of emigrants in the second half of the 19th century. Photography - Sydney exposed Art and culture Partnerships Photography - Sydney exposed takes the first step in providing an online gateway to thousands of images highlighting the history and changing nature of Sydney, Australia's first and largest metropolis. Papua New Guinea (PNG): Forty years of independence Art and culture History People Although European navigators visited and explored the Papua New Guinea islands for 170 years, little was known of the Papua New Guinea inhabitants until the late 19th century. 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. The Story of May Gibbs Art and culture People Partnerships May Gibbs, author, illustrator and cartoonist, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fairytale landscapes. Harry Seidler collection Art and culture People Partnerships Designs and photographs from Australia's best known modernist architect. 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. Henry Lawson - poet of the people Art and culture People A writer wrote of the hearts of men, and he followed their tracks afar; For his was a spirit that forced his pen to write of the things that are.