She is also behind the legendary restaurant Stephanie’s, opened during a revolution in Melbourne’s restaurant scene, where for 21 years her quintessential cooking truly came alive.
The Library holds a wealth of archival material that captures the essence of her influential restaurant and the experience of dining there, including handwritten menus, photographs and other fascinating memorabilia.
With Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on now until 9 April, it’s a great time to explore Stephanie Alexander’s legacy of shaping Australian cooking.
The wild-at-heart gardens of Edna Walling
Edna Walling was a trailblazing 20th-century Australian garden designer whose regular column in The Australian home beautiful chronicled the unique delights of gardening in Australia.
Walling made the backyard her canvas, designing gardens that were living, breathing works of art. Her designs brought beauty and tranquillity to all kinds of spaces – from suburban properties to stately manors.
She embraced wild plants and Australian natives, moving away from the typical European options, and ultimately changing the way we think about our backyards.
Have you got a budding teen writer in your midst?
We’re about to kick off two new Teen Writing Bootcamps led by terrific authors. Next up is Science Writing with Alicia Sometimes, where teens can learn to charge their works with scientific thinking. Then we’ll dive into the art of Screenwriting with Nova Weetman.
Both Bootcamps are offered online for free over four jam-packed sessions. Register now so you don’t miss week one!
This program has been made possible through the generosity of Serp Hills Foundation and The JTM Foundation.
Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your pre-schooler!
Inventors & innovators: fresh ideas
Thursday 14 April
Hear from founders shaking up the start-up ecosystem.