The world turned upside down

A punchbowl made of silver is an unusual piece of tableware to commission for a three-year voyage in search of the elusive Great Southern Land.

Evocative scenes of everyday life

The Library has recently acquired a unique oil painting by Australian artist Herbert Badham.

The travels of a permanent student

Adam Johnston’s February visit to the Mitchell Library Reading Room was his first. It wouldn't be his last. 

Bushwalking in the 1920s and 1930s

A collection of photographs from the 1920s and 1930s, depicting bushwalking in New South Wales has recently been acquired by the Library.

Designing our new catalogue

An introduction to our design and research approach for the Library's new catalogue.

You spin me right round

A new machine purchased by the Library late last year has sparked curious looks from staff and visitors to our Collection Care lab.

Our whole world spun

When the Library put out a call to see how readers were using the collection from home, a fascinating story came to light.

A joyous day of reading and discovery

Children’s author Sophie Blackwall spent an unforgettable day at the Library with an intriguing collection of diaries.

The shelf life of Zora Cross

The Australian writer Zora Cross was hailed as a genius and many expected her to endure as a household name.

Learning together in term two 

The Learning team has been working hard to develop additional resources and we’re excited to share these with you. 

Q&A with Adam Ferguson

We spoke to the Australian photographer whose photo story has won first prize in the 2020 World Press Photo Contest.

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Want to access thousands of newspapers and magazines wherever you are? Download PressReader for your device.

Researching the Pacific: The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau

We asked Kari James, Executive Officer of the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, to answer some of your questions about the history, significance and future plans of this collection.

Cook commemoration sparks 1970 protest

On 29 April 1970 protestors marched through Sydney's CBD before making their way to La Perouse. 

Q&A with Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch's profound novel The Yield has won three NSW Premier's Literary Awards prizes this year. 

Faces in the street

Three decades of veterans and spectators at Sydney’s Anzac Day marches are captured in a recently acquired photography collection.