Biography

Architect of the screen: Eric Thompson as architect, artist and filmmaker

Eric Thompson’s career as an architect, artist and filmmaker highlights the close connection between architecture and design in the development of the film industry.

Hitting the slopes: a young woman’s alpine adventure in the 1930s

Thoroughly modern Miss Emily Chambers of Burwood, NSW, was always eager to try the latest fad.

Love letters

In the current era of instant digital communication, letters between long-distance lovers have a particular poignancy.

Miles Franklin

‘Heaven could be no more magical and mystical than unspoiled Australia' - the brilliant career of Miles Franklin.

Women of the Library

The Library celebrates International Women's Day by honouring the legacy of female Librarians.

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort

Sydney Harbour's natural beauty has always enticed residents to settle on its foreshores.

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.

Red Cross under the Southern Cross

The Australian Red Cross NSW Division archive spans over 100 years of humanitarian aid.

A remote drama

A Library fellowship uncovered an archive of emotion in the correspondence of Henry Parkes and Thomas Woolner.

Francis Greenway: convict architect

Francis Greenway (1777- 1837) produced some of the finest colonial buildings in Australia.

Buddhist modernism

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

Keeping company

A historian shares her delight in the recently acquired Fairfax Media Business Archive.

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.

Family business

The continuing boom in family history research is having a far-reaching impact on how people understand themselves and the world. 

Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific modernist

Stylish and talented architect-designer Douglas Snelling introduced modern American living styles to aspirational Sydneysiders after the Second World War.

Recipes for country living

Among the papers of the Scott brothers, who settled in the Hunter Valley in the 1820s, is a manual for frontier living.