State Library of Victoria in words and pictures

(11 August 2015) The State Library of Victoria is the central library of the state of Victoria, Australia, located in Melbourne. It holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials, including the diaries of the city’s founders, John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner, and the folios of Captain James Cook, R.N. It also houses the original armour of Ned Kelly.

The Library’s vast collection dates back to 1854 and includes material on almost every subject you can think of, with a special focus on material from Victoria. While most people know about the Library’s extensive book collections, there’s plenty to surprise in other historical collections, which date back to 1854. They include more than 350,000 photographs, personal manuscripts & diaries, maps, old magazines & journals, newspapers, comics, and even old advertising and theatre programs. There is also an eclectic array of textiles and personal items.

Read and see more in this photoessay from the melbournedaily blogspot.