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 A French sailor-artist on the South Seas by Anna CorkhillArt and culture Discovery An enquiry from France brings to light a gem of nineteenth century travel illustration. Under the sun by Claire MonnerayeArt and culture Discovery Current exhibition Max Dupain’s Sunbaker has inspired an exhibition of contemporary and thought-provoking artworks. Early Antarctic Adventures Discovery History Natural world The subject of much speculation, the idea of an unknown southern land began with the ancient Greeks. Mysterious leaves from the past Discovery History Historical discoveries from the Library's collections. State Library’s digitised collections showcased by Google’s Cultural Institute Discovery History About the State Library 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. Found in the trenches Art and culture Discovery History In the trenches of Gallipoli several Australian soldiers made a startling archelogical discovery. Thomas Livingstone Mitchell: mapmaker Discovery People Partnerships 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 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.