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The best of our blog in 2022

19 December 2022

Our incredible Librarians have added more than 100 new posts to the State Library Victoria blog this year.

They have explored and researched a range of topics including family history, collection spotlights, rare books and the characters of Victoria. But what posts were most beloved by our community?

Look back with us at some of the most popular posts of 2022.

Humans of Melbourne, 1930s style

The Library holds a set of images with a particularly intriguing name - Street characters: a series of photographs taken of Melbourne street personalities, about 1930. They are compelling snapshots of the social fabric of Melbourne at that time, images of characters long gone, likely long forgotten, their stories spent.

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Your local milkbar

Take a walk down memory lane as we explore a newly digitised collection of photographs of milkbars from the 70s and 80s taken by Melbourne photographer, Christopher van der Craats.

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From the Seine to the Yarra: Art Deco in Melbourne

Are you a lover of Art Deco architecture? Take a tour of Melbourne city and discover the Art Deco gems we have right here.

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Vali Myers: Australian artist

Vali Myers (1930-2003) was known as a free-thinking artist and dancer who lived a unique bohemian life that was true to herself. Her archive held by the Library spans her life overseas and her return to Australia.

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Miss Anderson's motor service

In 1919, at just twenty years of age, Alice Anderson founded Victoria's first all female motor garage. Her vision, as she would later tell magazine 'Woman's World', was 'to turn a trade into a profession for women.'

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