National Family History Month at the State Library
It’s time to dust down your ancestors. August is National Family History Month. Throughout the month there will be events of interest for the experienced family historian as well as the beginner.
Events to be delivered by the library’s family history librarians:
Introduction to family history
Newspapers for family history
Beginning your biography
Searching your family history on Ancestry
Mission records for Indigenous family history
Finding your Irish ancestors
All events are free, but places are limited and bookings are essential.
For Bookings and more information click on this link to the National Family History Month series.
For events Australia wide visit the official National Family History Month website
Discovered in Ontario, Canada, as part of a deceased estate, the beautiful Wallis Album was purchased at auction by the State Library of NSW in October 2011. Compiled by Captain James Wallis, commandant of the secondary penal settlement at Newcastle from 1816 to 1818, it contains artwork by convict artist Joseph Lycett.
Find out more about these artworks in our Discover Collections feature.
Portrait of C. McA. King, 1855
This miniature portrait depicts Charles Macarthur King, grandson of Admiral Philip King and brother of Philip Gidley King, a member of the N.S.W. Legislative Council from 1888 until his death in 1904.
Charles Macarthur King was a pastoralist, police magistrate, and later Resident Magistrate of Norfolk Island. He was a member of the influential KIng family and a grandson of Governor Philip Gidley King, third Governor of New South Wales.
Timelapse of Panorama of Calcutta from the Octerlony Monument on the Meydan, 1832 / drawn by Jacob Janssen being digitised by a state-of-the-art high resolution scanner.
This panorama was scanned at the State Library of NSW over a period of two hours, using cutting edge scanning technology. The resulting image will be an incredibly accurate, high resolution file.
The technology was developed through ground breaking research conducted at Kyoto University’s Advanced Imaging Lab.
To find out more about the process and this exciting technology follow these links:
From the earliest days of colonisation our Australian identity has been influenced by government policy, landmark legal decisions and the powerful personalities who shape our complex political landscape.
Da Costa E Miranda. World map 1706 being digitised by a state-of-the-art high resolution scanner, technology developed from ground breaking research at Kyoto University’s Advanced Imaging Lab.
A selection of large detailed maps and panoramas from the State Library of NSW collection were chosen for scanning over two days.
The map was scanned in 15cm sections and will be stitched together to create an exceptionally accurate and detailed high resolution file.
Sarah Kenderdine from Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM) and expert Pengchang Zhang from LUXLAB Scanning Research Services were onsite at the State Library of NSW to perform the scanning in the Digitisation & Imaging department, and share their expertise.
A lovely train trip through the centre of Tasmania from Hobart to Launceston. This is the Tasmanian main line railway sketch map, circa 1869.
On this day, 28 July 1923, construction began on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
In 1912, J. J. C. Bradfield was appointed chief engineer of the bridge project, which also had to include a railway. Plans were completed in 1916 but the advent of WWI delayed implementation until 1922.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is 49 metres wide and its arch rises 134 metres above the harbour. Construction took 1,400 men, eight years to build at a cost of 4.2 million. Six million hand driven rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel were used in its construction. Sixteen lives were lost during its construction, and up to 800 families had to be relocated and their homes demolished to clear the path for the bridge.
The State Library of New South Wales has a large collection of photographs depicting the stages of construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened in 1932.
Books in Slovenian now available!
Did you know you can borrow books in Slovenian from the State Library of NSW?
The collection contains books for adults, including fiction across a range of genres and non-fiction on subjects such as travel, history, health, society and much more. Children’s books are also available.
Just ask at your local New South Wales public library and the staff will order some for you.
Discover more about early Australian agriculture and our rural past from the collections of the State Library of NSW.