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Voyages of Discovery

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. Explore the State Library's incredible maps, journals, drawings and books to understand how the pieces of our continent were gradually put together.

Planting Dreams: audio guides

Hear Jonathan Jones, Bruce Pascoe and Richard Aitken share their thoughts about some of the items on display in Planting Dreams

Big things grow

The Gurindji’s struggle sparked a national network of support organisations and became a symbol of the land rights movement.

Michael Riley

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

Family Keeps Us Going

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

Shakespeare 400

Commemorating the life and work of William Shakespeare and marking the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

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.

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.

David Unaipon

A great inventor, an Indigenous rights advocate and Australia's first published Aboriginal writer.

The Wallis album

The discovery and acquisition of a fascinating album compiled by Captain James Wallis reveals the artistic collaborations between a commandant and a convict.

Eora

Delve deep into the stories and lives of Indigenous Sydney before European settlement.

Biography and me: Notes on the wonders of self (and some on self)

Kim Williams AM presented the 2015 National Biography Award Lecture.  He discussed a variety of biographies which have mattered to him and also his own critically acclaimed memoir Rules of Engagement.

The Tasman Map

The story of the Tasman Map is a tale of mystery, discovery and a chance finding on the Nullarbor Plain.

Success Story: The Mitchell Campaign

A passionate group of benefactors collaborated to support the refurbishment of the ground floor of the Mitchell wing.