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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. 

The Cruise of 'The Freak'

The 1872 record of Rev. Brownrigg's travels through the islands of the Furneaux Group.

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.

Hitting the slopes

A young woman’s trip to Kosciusko in the 1930s sent her headlong into romance.
 

Magna Carta

The Library holds a rare manuscript version of the 1297 statute of the Magna Carta that was signed by King John at Runnymede.

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.