Past campaigns

Over the years, our fundraising appeals have helped us acquire, conserve and display significant collection items. These achievements were made possible by your generous support.

Uncover a piece of history

Thank you for helping us acquire and conserve an extraordinary 1862 watercolour by WFE Liardet, which brings Melbourne's 19th-century maritime history to life.READ MORE

2016 Collection Appeal

Thank you for your support in acquiring precious manuscripts, pictures and books – including a ship-board diary that reveals a surprising connection between Melbourne and the American Civil War – for all Victorians to share.READ MORE

CUA streetscapes

The Library's unique collection of CUA streetscapes is a vast Google-style photographic survey of Melbourne, capturing inner-city life in the 1970s. READ MORE

Rennie Ellis collection

This extraordinary archive of images by the celebrated Melbourne photographer Rennie Ellis is a valuable record of Victorian life and culture in the late 20th century. READ MORE

La fin du monde

La fin du monde is a key 20th-century illustrated book, and a beautiful example of modernist book design. READ MORE

Peter Carey papers

The Library's purchase of the Peter Carey papers provides a fascinating glimpse into the creative mind of one of Australia's most celebrated authors. READ MORE

Ballarat goldfields diary

The extraordinary Ballarat goldfields diary was written in 1855 by a Scottish gold-digger, charting six eventful months in the miner's life. READ MORE

Mark Strizic archive

In 2007, the Library acquired the archive of internationally renowned photographer Mark Strizic, best known for his images of Melbourne in the 1950s and 1960s.READ MORE

The Times Digital Archive

The purchase of the Times Digital Archive provides online access to The Times, one of the world's most famous newspapers, in its original published context. READ MORE

Keith Murdoch Oration

The Keith Murdoch Oration raises funds to support the Library's work as a centre for excellence in the world of ideas and information, while honouring Sir Keith Murdoch's outstanding contribution to the Library.READ MORE