Dive into 19th century Victoria

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Have you heard of Caroline Chisholm?

Commonly known by her nickname, ‘the immigrants’ friend’, Caroline was a humanitarian, philanthropist and advocate for female and family welfare in 19th century Australia.

Read about the incredible work of Caroline Chisholm, a woman who changed the lives of so many for the better, in today’s blog post.

Such was life

Nineteenth century Victorians

Weatherboard house with corrugated iron roof and porch, picket fence. A woman standing at gate holding the hand of a toddler, a little girl on her left, dog in front. House has a sign attached to porch roof over door "Torquay Cottage". Larger buildings on either side.

See another side to the Victorian story with the John Etkins collection. A photography collection of over 4000 mid-19th century images, the collection captures candid shots of Australian home life, social history and studio portraiture.

 What’s on

Coming soon at the Library

Man with blue eyes smiling at camera

Artefacts: A Virtual Reality Masterclass

23 May

Don’t miss this virtual reality masterclass from award-winning artist Michael Beets.

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Family of 12 from approx the 1970s grinning at the camera

Finding Families

30 May

Learn the tips and tricks for diving into family history research in this introductory hands-on workshop.

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Watercolour illustration of Australian animals like owls, bats and possums

Aussie Bush Illustration with Jess Racklyeft

15 Jun

Join us at a special Australian animal drawing workshop with children’s author Jess Racklyeft.

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Plan ahead before you visit

The Library is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit our website for more information on how to make the most of your visit.