• June at the Library: help us collect 2016 election history!


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      Wanted: your 2016 election ephemera




      We did it in 2013, and now we need your help to collect 2016 federal election ephemera for the National Library collection. From posters to how-to-vote cards, stickers, buttons and all original printed material, we want it all—even the occasional political pizza box or collection of pollie-themed teabags. By collecting, preserving and making this material available, we can ensure these stories live on in our nation’s history. Read more and contribute


      Alert: Planning a visit to the Library over the Queen's Birthday long weekend from 11 to 13 June? Remember to check our opening hours before visiting.

      Australian Sketchbook to open on 29 June



      Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880) was not just a colonial artist. He was a social commentator and a satirist. One of the only artists to depict women on the goldfields, there is a unique undercurrent of social critique and humour in his work. Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life & the Art of S.T. Gill brings together over 200 of his paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints, beautifully curated by Professor Sasha Grishin. Be among the first to see it. Watch for the cheeky canine commentary.
      Opens Wednesday 29 June, free

      Unexpected Library finds—some will set your teeth on edge!



      Library and Information Week 2016inspired us to 'discover more' in the Library's collections—with some very unusual results. A book delivery robot, a music typewriter...and even the false teeth of a high-profile Australian.
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      Tax time appeal: help share the story of women's suffrage



      We need your help to raise funds to preserve and improve access to the papers of Bessie Rischbieth and related women’s suffrage collection items. Digitisation of these items will allow online access through Trove and provide researchers the world over with easy access to some unique material.
      Read more and donate

      Patrick White: from the first to the last



      A wonderful new treasure from Patrick White, Australia’s first Nobel Prize winner for literature, has come to light and are on display among the 60 new objects in the Treasures Gallery. The recently acquired and previously unrecorded copy of Thirteen Poems, a compilation of White’s verse written when he was a school boy and published secretly by his mother Ruth, is one of the only known surviving copies as he sought to destroy as many as he could. It is on show alongside his final, unfinished manuscript for The Hanging Garden.

      Reminder: 2017 Creative Fellowships close 1 July

      Are you a professional practising artist, writer or folk performer? You may have heard about our Creative Fellowships. With 3 fellowships valued at up to $10,000 each, special access to collections and staff expertise and a residency at the Library, this is an opportunity not to be missed for professional creatives to develop new creative work
      inspired by the Library's rich collections. Conditions apply, see the website for details. Read more and apply

      The winner of the 2016 Golden Cup of Trove is...



      National Volunteers Week from 9 to 15 May was an opportunity for Trove to recognise the work of contributors, with the first annual Text Correction Championship. Our first ever champion, and winner of the 2016 Golden Cup of Trove, is user NeilHamilton, correcting an astounding 15,610 lines during Volunteers Week! In total, 19 entrants corrected over 53,000 lines of text in Trove’s Newspapers and Gazettes zones.

      Collections-in-focus

      And the Band Played On, our latest Collections-in-focus display in the Treasures Gallery, is a tribute to the abiding value and morale-boosting power of music and song to Anzac forces, revealed in the Library’s
      outstanding collection of vintage sheet music.
      Opens Friday 10 June, free



      Must-reads on the blog



      Read the latest stories uncovered from the Library's collections.
      Weird and wonderful tools
      A tribute to Trove volunteers
      Self publishers: we want you!
      Why does Manchu script look Middle Eastern?
      Celestial Empire part 6: a troubled century

      Book of the month

      Where’s Jessie?​ by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
      A lovely story for children, Where's Jessie? follows the adventures of Bertie Bear, embarking on a long journey on a camel taking him far away from his owner, Jessie. After becoming lost, he meets many desert animals before being swept along in a flash flood, taken high in an eagle’s talons and finally falling to the ground, all alone. Will Bertie Bear be reunited with Jessie?




      $24.99
      Buy the book

      e-Resources: explore ebooks anywhere, anytime



      TIP: Use your Library card to access these resources from home. Don't have a Library card? Apply for one now.


      Access thousands of ebooks from the Library’s collection anywhere, anytime.
      Oxford Reference gives access to essential reference titles covering everything from languages, art and the classics to economics and business, medicine and mathematics. Interested in international affairs? Explore the OECD iLibrary for topics such as agriculture, politics and economics, and access to major OECD books and periodicals. Discover what else is available in our handy guide to finding ebooks.

      New digitised newspapers

      Check out the following titles now available on Trove:
      Frearson's Monthly Illustrated Adelaide News (SA: 1880-1884) (digitised by the Library through the Australian Newspaper Plan program)
      The Golden Gate (Fremantle, WA: 1911-1912) (contributed by the State Library of Western Australia)




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      Did you know the Library records many of its events? Hear from our wonderful speakers wherever you are, in Australia or the rest of the world, and enjoy other great audio content.
      Discover our most recent recordings:
      Launch of Barbara Blackman's All My Januaries by Kerry Stokes AC
      William Yang: travels in China
      Celebrating Shakespeare
      More recent audio

      Events highlights

      Don't miss: Friday Night Feast with Paul West

      Dine with Paul West and tantalise your taste buds with a three-course meal inspired by the chef and host of River Cottage Australia. Following sparkling wine on arrival, listen as Paul shares his passion for locally grown and sustainable produce with founder and editor ofHerCanberra Amanda Whitley.
      Includes dinner, local wines and a copy ofThe River Cottage Australia Cookbook.



      Friday 17 June, 6pm
      $120 all-inclusive

      Book now

      Book launch



      The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum
      by Jeanette Purkis, Dr Emma Goodall and Dr Jane Nugent
      Join us for the launch of this practical guide.
      Monday 6 June
      6pm, free

      Book now

      Fellowship event



      Ferguson's 400: from Origins to Acquisition
      Archivist Michael Piggott investigates the provenance of manuscripts collected by Sir John Ferguson, revealing their fascinating back stories.

      Tuesday 7 June
      5.30pm, free

      Book now

      In conversation



      Griffith Review:
      Imagining the Future

      with Professor Julianne Schultz AM, of the Griffith Review, Brendan Gleeson, Libby Robin and Jane Gleeson-White.
      Thursday 9 June
      6pm, free

      Book now

      Special event



      ‘The Shrieking Sisterhood’:
      Stories of the
      Suffragette Movement

      An exclusive viewing of early 20th-century suffragette material from our collection, introduced by Dr Anne Summers AO and
      Dr Béatrice Bijon.
      Friday 10 June
      5pm, $30

      Book now

      Book launch



      Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith by Sheridan Palmer
      Launched by Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director, National Gallery of Australia.
      Thursday 16 June,
      6pm, $15

      Book now

      Library tours



      Behind the Scenes
      Thursdays, 2pm

      Discover Your National Library
      Saturdays, 2pm
      Treasures Gallery
      Daily, 11.30am
      Australian Sketchbook tours
      Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends,
      10.30am
      (from 30 June)

      Learning in June

      Using Microform Readers
      Thursday 2 June, 10am
      Getting Started at the Library
      Tuesday 7 June, 2pm
      Study Smart
      Thursday 16 June, 5pm
      Discover Ancestry.com
      Wednesday 22 June, 3pm
      All learning sessions are free.



      Collection image of the month: Peter Dombrovskis

      As we cosy up for winter here at the Library, we like to imagine sitting in a plush armchair by a crackling open fire, book in one hand and cup of hot tea in the other, gazing out at a stunning wintry view like this one captured by renowned Australian landscape photographer Peter Dombrovskis (1945-1996). Known especially for his photographs of the Tasmanian wilderness, Dombrovskis' images played an instrumental role in the conservation of various Tasmanian wild places.

      Peter Dombrovskis (1945-1996), Mount Gould in Winter, Du Cane Range, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania 1977, nla.obj-151437747


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      Images: Election campaign badges from the National Library collection; 2. Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880), Ease without Opulence c. 1880, State Library New South Wales; 3. nla.obj-250831564; 4. nla.obj-160503553;
      5. Cover detail of Thirteen Poems by Patrick White; 6. The Golden Cup of Trove, courtesy Catriona Bryce;
      7. nla.obj-165889643; 8. State Library of Queensland, 171873; 9. Cover of Where’s Jessie?; 10. nla.obj- 162681537
      11. Cover detail of Frearson’s Monthly Illustrated Adelaide News; 12. nla.obj- 137393547;
      13. Paul West, courtesy Mark Chew; 14. Cover of The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum;
      15. nla-obj232091629; 16. Cover detail of Griffith Review:Imagining the Future 17. See 3 above;
      18. nla.obj-141204027; 19. Tour group at the National Library of Australia; 20. Learning program illustration;
      21. nla.obj-151437747

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