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Discover curiosities, treasures and the latest inspiring stories from our community and inside the Library

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The dais in the dome

28 November 2019

Go behind the scenes to learn what the dais in the heart of the La Trobe Reading Room was used for.

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The Chief Librarian and the soap thieves

28 November 2019

Learn how the Library's Chief Librarian tracked down a gang of soap thieves in the 1880s.

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Melbourne's lost department stores

28 November 2019

Mourn the loss of Melbourne's famous department stores, in particular Manton's and Georges.

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Pop music ephemera

26 November 2019

Uncover the Library's new acquisition of 7" singles from the golden age of 45RPM gems.

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Walking the Blue Lake

Dr David Sornig ponders the history of West Melbourne’s lost wetlands, and takes us on a collective journey around the area.

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