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Q&A with Phillipa McGuinness

Wearing her other hat as book author, Openbook editor Phillipa McGuinness answered a few questions about her just-published book Skin Deep: the inside story of our outer selves.

The arch of strength and beauty

The Sydney Harbour Bridge — fondly nicknamed ‘the coathanger’ — celebrated the 90th anniversary of its opening on 19 March 2022.

Five radical women

What made five women born in the early 20th century, from different walks of life, become lifelong activists?

Self-portrait: Robert Lukins

Author Robert Lukins writes something personal for the Library's Openbook magazine.

Big bold botanicals

What could a twentieth-century artist’s book by surrealist Salvador Dali have in common with an early nineteenth-century French volume documenting the plants in a famous garden?

Convict women of Van Diemen's Land

A selection of handwritten Tasmanian convict indents (also called ‘indentures’) have been recently digitised by the Library and transcribed by online volunteers.

All the world

An incredibly rare map from 1628 has been added to the Library’s rich cartographic collections.

Self-portrait: Yves Rees

An award-winning author and historian shares their astrological chart.

Three men and ...

The world of a goldfields publican comes within reach through research to uncover the secrets of an early photograph.

All’s fair in love and war

Love is a battlefield in this newly acquired map.

Take 5 ice creams

In celebration of summer, here are some of our favourite ice cream images from the collection.

Q&A with photographer Wendy McDougall

Find out how Wendy McDougall carved out a niche in the music and art scene.

A global view

The artistry of centuries-old globes is only one aspect of their continuing allure.

Take 5 cats

Explore some of our favourite felines from the collection.

Celebrating 100 years of Little Obelia

In time for the Christmas present rush 100 years ago — in November 1921 — May Gibbs released her third and final full-length book featuring her trademark gumnut babies.

Happy 100th birthday Ginger!

Ginger Meggs, Australia’s longest running comic strip character and national icon, burst to life on 13 November 1921.