Guide to finding photographs, illustrations and other images in the State Library of Victoria's collections
Newspapers are a huge source of pictures. The research guides How to find newspapers and How to find items in newspapers cover just about everything you need to know about finding what you need in newspapers.
If you are looking for a known picture (of yourself, or a relative for example) featured in a news article, you need to keep the following in mind:
Engravings from a number of 19th century illustrated newspapers have been digitised and are available on our online catalogue. You can browse by entering a publication title from the list below or search using the term illustrated newspapers and the 'in user tags' option of the Advanced Search screen:
Australasian Sketcher, 1873 – 1889
Australian Pictorial Weekly, June 1880- July 1880
Illustrated Australian Mail, 1862
Illustrated Australian News, 24 Jan 1863 – 1 Jul 1896, 24 Jan 1852 – 6 Aug 1853 , Jan 1858 – Feb 1858
Illustrated Melbourne Post, 1863 –1868
Melbourne Punch, 1855-1856
The News Letter of Australasia, 1856-1862
Police News, 1876-1877
Illustrated Melbourne News Jan 1858- Feb 1858
Illustrated London News 1842-
If you wish to view the accompanying articles, use the microfilmed newspapers which are available in the Newspapers Reading Room at the State Library.
Heavily illustrated books in the general and La Trobe collections can provide access to a great deal of useful material. To find these:
Examples of headings could be
The illustrations of a number of plate books (books that are made up of original engraved or lithographed illustrations) from the Rare Books Collection, have been digitised. These can be searched on the online catalogue.
Examples of books containing views of Victoria:
Examples of books containing narratives of voyages etc:
Examples of works on natural history:
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