enews september 2019
Curating Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature

National Library LogoCurator Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll offers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of the exhibition Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature. Hear how Grace brought together material from the National Library, the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature and other important collections, as she explores some of the key themes and books featured.

Friday 13 September | 12.30pm
Theatre | free

Book for Curating Story Time: Australian Children’s Literature

Indigenous Literacy Day

Wednesday 4 September is Indigenous Literacy Day—a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy.

The National Library Bookshop will be donating 5 per cent of its instore and online sales on this day to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support their work towards equal access to literacy resources for remote communities.

Donate to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

September Events

Alexander von Humboldt: The Shakespeare of the Sciences

Saturday 14 September will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of polymath and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, the first person to describe the phenomenon and cause of human-induced climate change. Join our expert panel to celebrate Alexander von Humboldt’s impact on the world of science.

Book for Alexander von Humboldt

When the Raiders Come to Town

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Canberra Raiders’ defeat of the Balmain Tigers in the grand final of the New South Wales Rugby League Premiership. Join us on the game-day anniversary as Dr Guy Hansen discusses the sporting field success and the new dimension of Canberra’s identity that followed.

Book for When the Raiders Come to Town

Webinar: Film, Television and Media

Learn how to find and access our vast and diverse collection for film, television and media use. Explore our unique collection highlights across a variety of media types from across the decades.

Register for Film, Television and Media webinar


Digital Classroom: Australian Feminism

‘Shoulder to Shoulder: Feminism in Australia’ is our new Digital Classroom module. Drawing on the Library’s manuscripts, pictures, oral history and folklore collections, this module explores the history of feminism and women’s rights movements in Australia. In a first for Digital Classroom, it features a selection of recorded lectures and interviews from the Library’s events program to bring expert voices into the classroom.

This Digital Classroom module is generously supported in memory of Averill Edwards.

Explore Feminism in Australia Digital Classroom module


Valuable Foreign Affairs Resource
Trove now hosts over 50 years of valuable diplomatic information in the form of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s journal Current Notes on International Affairs (later the Australian Foreign Affairs Record).

Search Current Notes on International Affairs (1936–1972)

Over 100 Years of Vetaffairs
Trove has been working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to digitise some of their best-known publications, including Vetaffairs (1900–2019), Diggers’ Digest (1947–1948) and other historic brochures.

View Department of Veterans’ Affairs digitised collection

Overseas Trading
Thirty-eight years of issues of Austrade’s Overseas Trading journal are now available on Trove. Commencing in 1947, this publication includes information about overseas trading conditions and reports from Australia’s trade commissioners. Together, the issues document the change in focus of our trade over time.

Search Overseas Trading


New eResources Portal
You asked and we listened. Our new eResources portal allows you to search the full text content in most electronic journals, ebooks and databases. With easy filtering options, results can be narrowed by the type of content, publication, date and other categories to find exactly the information resources you need.

You can find the citation and links to full text when available, as well as print, email, save and export a single result.

Help is also available to get you on your way.

Explore the new eResources portal

New eResource: North-China Daily News
The latest addition to our eResources collection is the North-China Daily News (Zilin Xibao). Delve into the unique holdings of the North-China Sunday News Magazine, the Sunday Magazine supplements, a significant collection of the weekly Municipal Gazette, and a selection of rare books from the imprint of the North-China Daily News and its parent, the North-China Herald.

Access the North China Daily News Online

Use your Library card to access this resource from home. 

Don’t have a Library card? Register online

Story Time Stars: Favourite Characters from Australian Picture Books

By Stephanie Owen Reeder

From Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to the green sheep and Pig the Pug, Australian children’s book characters have always delighted the young and young-at-heart. Get together with old friends and meet new ones in this lighthearted retrospective of much-loved characters from over a century of publishing illustrated books for children.

$24.99 | Buy Story Time Stars

Blog: Guy Menzies

In our recent blog post ‘Guy Menzies: A Rebel at Heart’, librarian Gemma Bush shines a light upon the daring Australian aviator who made the first solo trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand in 1931.

Read blog post about Guy Menzies

Unbound: New Issue

In issue 12 of the Library’s online magazine, Unbound, Library curator Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll will have you rushing to see the new Story Time exhibition. Read, too, about the rise and rise of Australian feminism. As author Emily Maguire writes, a girl born today will have a life gloriously unrecognisable to that of our earliest suffragists, but this has come only after decades of struggle. Plus, a Library conservator describes her battle to remove soot from seventeenth-century parchment and Stephen Holt introduces historian, author and mother-of-seven Lyndsay Gardiner.

Catch up on issue 12 of Unbound

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