A Cup of Tea :: Author Christine Bramble on World War I nurses

The nurses who served in World War I faced many challenges on the front, says researcher and author Christine Bramble – and it’s only recently that their invaluable contributions to the war effort have received the attention they deserve. In the latest issue of Inside History, we chat to Christine, author of Sisters of the Valley: … Read on

Author Q&A :: The Making of Australia by David Hill

David Hill’s latest offering The Making of Australia, tells the story of Australia’s remarkable development from a struggling convict settlement to a flourishing nation after 1901, through the experiences of the key players in our nation’s history. Hill is currently an honorary associate at the University of Sydney’s departments of archaeology and classics and a visiting … Read on

The history and future of the Mitchell Library

Plans for the restoration and renewal of the State Library of NSW‘s Mitchell Library were recently revised following public feedback. Paula Grunseit speaks with Richard Neville, the tenth Mitchell Librarian, about change, history, and the future of libraries. Richard Neville began using the Mitchell Library as an undergraduate when he was studying art history in … Read on

Black Diggers and the Great War :: A symposium in Sydney, 10 July 2014

A symposium aiming to shed new light on the contribution and experiences of ‘Black Diggers’ in World War One will be held at the State Library of NSW in July. Over 800 Indigenous men enlisted in the Great War, fighting on behalf of their country – and on equal terms. Speakers at this symposium will … Read on

New State Library of NSW awards announced for libraries

In exciting news for librarians around New South Wales, the State Library of NSW has recently announced new award categories focussing on libraries. These Honours aim to recognise those who make vital contributions to Australian culture through libraries. They will be awarded later this year by the Library Council of New South Wales, which is the … Read on

State Library of NSW creating the largest collection of digitised newspapers in Australia. Over 4.5 million pages.

Over 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers are now fully searchable online as part of the State Library of NSW’s major initiative funded by the NSW State Government to fast track the digitisation of its entire newspaper collection. This first major milestone in the State Library’s extensive $22.4 million digitisation program is providing local and … Read on

10 useful websites for convict research

Historical research is becoming more and more accessible online, with the new collections being made available. Anyone, at any time, can discover an untold story. Daniel McKay lists ten websites that are making tracing the journey of some long-dead convict across the globe a little easier. 1. Google No, this isn’t a joke! Google is … Read on

Digital Memories at State Library of NSW :: From Sydney to Singapore

At a recent seminar at the State Library of New South Wales entitled Digital Memories: How cultural institutions are documenting our communities, synergies emerged between two exciting digital history projects — the Singapore Memory Project and the Dictionary of Sydney. Paula Grunseit reports. The Singapore Memory Project Gene Tan, Director of the National Library of … Read on

10 things you may not know about Sydney

Sydney businesswomen in the 1790s Our earliest known film 6000-year-old discovery in Alexandria Tamarama rollercoaster The mortuary train Sydney’s (unofficial) queen Our hidden lake The man who was hanged on Fort Denison “Professor” Parker, the “champion of Australia” Coffee Culture 1. Sydney businesswomen in the 1790s One of the earliest female business owners in Sydney … Read on

NSW Premier’s History Awards nominations now open until Friday, 2 May!

Nominations for this year’s prestigious NSW Premier’s History Awards open today. The NSW Premier’s History Awards were established in 1997 to honour Australian historians’ achievements. Past winners include esteemed historians such as KS Inglis, Inga Clendinnen, Patricia Jalland, Christopher Clark and Grace Karskens, to name but a few. Administered by the State Library of NSW, … Read on

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