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Biography

Staging Kate

Writer and actor Kate Mulvany defies the neat stories people write about her.

The lost film of Nellie Stewart

Of all the Australian stage performers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Nellie Stewart was the best known and most universally loved.

Letters from Bergen-Belsen

Australian nurse Muriel Knox Doherty recorded her experiences and insights after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. 

Ancestry tree: a family’s escape from genocide

A collection of papers traces one family’s escape from the Armenian genocide.

Love is all: Myles Dunphy and romance

The well-known conservationist Myles Dunphy’s romantic side is beautifully illustrated in a new acquisition.

The first sugar: James Williams’ story

Sugar and slavery are intertwined in the hidden story of Australia’s early industry.

Daidee and Eric: the first Mrs Dark

Intimate letters from 100 years ago paint a detailed self-portrait of a young Australian woman.

Everything: a 1980s anarchist-feminist magazine

A feminist newspaper from the early 1980s brings back memories of lively co-op meetings, nutritious sandwiches and high ideals.

Ben Hall, Australian Bushranger

From 1863 to 1865, over 100 robberies are attributed to Ben Hall and his various associates

Mitchell or burn: the Thompson family papers

Sifting through the ‘glorious clutter’ of the Thompson family papers offers a sense of early Sydney life and insights into several significant local families.

Buddhist modernism

Bushwalker, feminist and pacifist Marie Byles helped to shape Buddhism in Australia.

Quick march! The children of World War I

To mark the centenary of the peace year, 1919, we take an intimate look at the lives of children during the ‘war to end all wars’.

Stories from our migrant and refugee communities

The interviews delve into the personal stories of recently arrived migrants and their new lives in New South Wales, starting from birth and childhood and covering the (often harrowing) reasons they were compelled to leave their homes and seek safety in another country.

Eternally yours

Buried deep down in the cool darkness of the Library’s framed picture store hangs a beautiful portrait of the young Mrs F O’Brien. It was painted in mid-1841 by naval surgeon-turned artist Maurice Felton from a death mask.

Henry C. Marshall, 1890-1915

Henry Marshall was working in the Grace Brothers photographic studio in Sydney when war was declared. 

Shooting the war: Australia's first Oscar

'There'll be so much to be done when this is all finished…So many big subjects to be covered where the right kind of film will be useful.' Damien Parer (1943)