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

Two boxes full of small matchboxes, and gloved hands picking one up
26 July 2021

Mystery Box: 70 years of Redhead matchboxes

Discover how the iconic Bryant and May Redhead matchbox changed over the decades and became essential to Australian households.

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23 July 2021

Webinar: resetting permanent skilled migration after the pandemic

A panel of experts discuss the future of Australia’s permanent skilled migration program in this live webinar, in partnership with Grattan Institute.

Glass display cabinet with armour inside
19 July 2021

Ned Kelly’s armour: a suit becomes a symbol

Take a rare, close-up look at Ned Kelly's armour in this short documentary featuring interviews with our Conservation team.

Photo of three pneumatic tubes in three boxes
12 July 2021

Mystery Box: Coles Myer pneumatic tube system

Be treated to a special unboxing of ornate pneumatic tubes used in department stores from the early-to-mid twentieth century.

A woman facing away from the camera, facing a colourful wall
07 July 2021

Alchemy successful participants announced

The Library has announced 14 successful applicants chosen to develop their creative ideas as part of the Library’s inaugural Alchemy program.

NAIDOC Week Heal Country theme smaller illustration
04 July 2021

NAIDOC Week 2021

Join us in honouring this year’s NAIDOC Week theme of ‘Heal Country’.

Woman standing in front of an airport arrivals board
28 June 2021

The Policy Pitch reading list: resetting permanent skilled migration after the pandemic

Enhance your learning about Australia's permanent migration policy with this curated reading list.

Hands with blue gloves on holding a small book
21 June 2021

Mystery Box: embroidered book bindings from the 17th century

Watch as Senior Librarian Anna Welch unboxes two items from our rare books collection with embroidered bindings and mysterious backstories.

Man constructing book cradle
07 June 2021

The Library Files: making a book cradle

Senior Conservator Katrina Ben and Conservator Ian Cox take us through the important, and often overlooked, book cradle building process.

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01 June 2021

Nevo Zisin on finding your own voice: Teen writing boot camp

Writer, performer and activist Nevo Zisin shares the learnings and key takeaways from their own voices workshop, held in March 2021 as part of the Teen writing boot camp.

Man leaning on a wall and smiling at the camera
01 June 2021

Jared Thomas on contemporary fiction: Teen writing boot camp

International award-winning Nukunu author Dr Jared Thomas shares tips and reflections from his Teen writing boot camp.

Metal gift box to soldiers from Princess Mary
31 May 2021

Mystery Box: 121-year-old chocolate gifted by Queen Victoria

In this episode of Mystery Box, we unearth some treasures from soldiers on the frontline of the Boer and First World Wars.