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No 72 Spring 2003

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The La Trobe Journal

is published by the State Library of Victoria Foundation twice yearly in Autumn and Spring.
Editorial Committee: John Barnes (editor), Sandra Burt (assistant to editor), John Arnold, Shane Carmody, Anne Colman, Beth Dolan, Yvonne Hurley, Wallace Kirsop, Jack Moshakis, Clare Williamson.
Editorial addresses: Editor, The La Trobe Journal, State Library of Victoria Foundation, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. Email:
Contributions are invited on scholarly topics, and are subject to refereeing.
Opinions expressed in The La Trobe Journal are those of the individual contributors and no responsibility for them is accepted by the Editorial Committee or the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
Copyright of material published in The La Trobe Journal is vested in the author, except where stated otherwise.
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Single copies (when available) may be purchased online through the Library Shop or directly from the State Library (ask at Foyer Desk).
All photographs in this number of The La Trobe Journal are from the State Library of Victoria, unless stated otherwise. Library photography is by the Photographic Section of the State Library.
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Photographic Section of the State Library of Victoria. Queen's Hall Reading Room. ca. 1989. The library's original reading room (see note on page 16).
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Lindsay Bernard Hall, 1859–1935, artist. ‘The Staircase’ [ca. 1924]. Oil on canvas. H93.177. La Trobe Picture Collection.
The La Trobe Journal
No. 72. Spring 2003


From the Editorial Chair 2
Anne-Marie Schwirtlich The Library after 150 Years 4
The State Library of Victoria: A Chronology 1853–2003 7
Address presented by the Trustees to His Excellency Major-General Macarthur, Acting Governor of Victoria, at the Opening of the Library, 11 February 1856 17
‘The Pride of Melbourne’: Impressions of the Library in Words and Pictures 21
Miles Lewis The Dome 43
Phillip Baigent The State Library: The Challenge of Redevelopment 64
Cathrine Harboe-Ree A Ribbon of Words: Wall Quotations in the La Trobe Reading Room 71
John Arnold Library Profile Edmund La Touche Armstrong 81
The La Trobe Journal is edited by John Barnes, assisted by Sandra Burt, and is published twice a year by the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
ISSN 1441-3760