1968: Changing Times
Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll … and a missing prime minister
From a Jimi Hendrix blistering guitar solo and a swinging counter-culture to devastating wars and assassinations, 1968 was momentous. Revisit the year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Library’s building, and look back on what was happening in the world, in Australia and in Canberra at the time.
1968: Changing Times exhibition now on show
SMH Online Archive
What made news in 1968? Read The Sydney Morning Herald as it appeared in print from 1955 to 1995. Search, browse and enjoy!
You will need your Library card to access the newspapers. Don’t have one? Register online
Calling all Researchers!
National Library fellows gain in-depth access to Library collections and staff expertise, financial assistance, and uninterrupted time for research in a respected and supportive scholarly environment. Apply for a 2019 National Library Fellowship before applications close on 30 April 2018.
Voices of the Stolen Generation
For the Library’s new Indigenous Curator, Rebecca Bateman, the recent 10th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation was memorable. Rebecca’s mother, Judith Stubbs, was one of the Stolen Generation, taken from her home at age two, never to know her mother and father. Mrs Stubbs’ story is part of the Library’s Bringing Them Home oral history collection, which grew out of an Australian Government effort to record and keep the stories of members of the Stolen Generation to ensure they were never forgotten.
Ms Bateman spoke to ABC Radio about how her mother felt about the Apology.
Unbound: The Australian Voice
Explore childhood in colonial Australia through a photo album of the De Salis children of Cuppacumbalong Homestead, and a diplomat’s unwilling role in the Petrov Affair at the height of the Cold War. Then travel the world with once-acclaimed but now almost-forgotten contralto Ada Crossley. All in the latest issue of the Library’s fascinating magazine Unbound.
The Murderer and the Missionary
Murder, salvation and an unusual choice of vocation. A blog post by guest author Kate Bagnall recalls a fascinating tale of early Chinese-Australian history, discovered through Trove’s digitised newspapers and gazettes.
Events, Exhibitions, Entertainment
From exhibitions featuring our most treasured items, building tours and entertaining lectures to book launches, recitals and fun for the kids, we have something for everyone—onsite and online. To find out more, visit our What’s On guide.
1968: Events that Changed the World
Curator Dr Guy Hansen introduces our new exhibition 1968: Changing Times, and looks at the highlights of that year—locally, nationally and internationally.
Wednesday 7 March, 12.30pm, free
Early Modern Missionaries in Japan
Join Dr Linda Zampol D’Ortia as she considers different understandings of missionary failure, analysing the tensions they created in the Jesuit mission in Japan from 1524 to 1639.
Wednesday 7 March, 5.15pm for 5.30pm start, free
A discussion about the contemporary experience of Commonwealth citizens.
In association with the Griffith Review.
Tuesday 13 March, 6pm, free
Images: 1. Election Poster: Bobby Kennedy 1967; nla.cat-vn3530982; nla.cat-vn4318031; 2. nla.cat-vn4591147; 3. 2017 Fellow Dr Anna-Sophie Jürgens, courtesy Sam Cooper; 4. Rebecca Bateman; 5. Cover detail of The Flying Optometrist; 6. nla.cat-vn36900; 7. Prison in Goulburn, courtesy State Library of Victoria; 8. nla.cat-vn407438
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