Inside the Reading Room by Christine Smith

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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/30

Taken inside the Reading Room at the State Li bray of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The library is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (H0253) and with the National Trust (B427). 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. It also houses the original armour of Ned Kelly. In 1853, the decision to build a state library was made at the instigation of Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe and Sir Redmond Barry. A competition was held to decide who would design the new building; local architect Joseph Reed, who later designed the Melbourne Town Hall and the Royal Exhibition Building, won the commission. On 3 July 1854, the recently inaugurated Governor Sir Charles Hotham laid the foundation stone of both the new library and the University of Melbourne. The library opened in 1856, with a collection of 3,800 books chosen by Sir Redmond, the President of Trustees. Augustus H. Tulk, the first librarian, was appointed three months after the opening. The first reading room was the Queen’s Reading Room (now Queen’s Hall), which opened in 1859. Temporary buildings built in 1866 for the Intercolonial Exhibition remained in use by the library until 1909, when work began on a new annexe building to mark the library’s Jubilee. This new building was the landmark Domed Reading Room, which opened in 1913 and was designed by Norman G. Peebles. Plans for the original annexe were scaled back due to the money running out and the annexe, to house a new museum were gradually built during the Interwar years in an austere stripped classical style. The reading dome’s original skylights were modified and covered in copper sheets in 1959 due to water leakage. The library complex also held the State’s Gallery and Museum until the National Gallery of Victoria moved to St Kilda Road in the late 1960s, and the current Melbourne Museum was built in the Carlton Gardens in the 1990s. The library underwent major refurbishments between 1990 and 2004, designed by architects Ancher Mortlock & Woolley. The project cost approximately A$200 million. The reading room closed in 1999 to allow for renovation, during which natural light was returned. The renamed La Trobe Reading Room reopened in 2003. The redevelopment included the construction of a number of exhibition spaces which are used to house the permanent exhibitions The Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas and The Changing Face of Victoria as well as a display from the Pictures Collection in the Cowen Gallery. As a result of the redevelopment the State Library of Victoria could now be considered one of the largest exhibiting libraries in the world.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 2 years ago

    Super composition Christine …

  • Thanks so much Tom.

    – Christine Smith

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonalmost 2 years ago

    Great work Christine. Love the leading lines. It was good that they let you take photos in there.

  • Thank you very much Christina.

    – Christine Smith

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    This is a wonderful shot of this terrific building. Those chairs are comfortable too, spent many hours here. This building is worth just wandering around and I think you have captured the essence of it beautifully

  • Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I really appreciate it.

    – Christine Smith

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Very good work here.

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  • Thank you Derek.

    – Christine Smith

  • Vince Russell
    Vince Russellalmost 2 years ago

    Yep, it’s a wonderful place. I have fond memories of studying for my final university exams in the reading room. It has such a timeless atmosphere. Great photo, Christine.

  • Thank you for such a nice comment Vince.

    – Christine Smith

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent depth and angle to this shot Chistine!!….wonderful building and history!!

  • Thanks so much Kate.

    – Christine Smith

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Back again …well done Christine..this is great.

  • Thanks so much Derek.

    – Christine Smith

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 2 years ago

    What a fantastic capture! Love it.

  • Thank you so much Arfan for both your lovely comment and the fave.

    – Christine Smith

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot Christine

  • Thank you for both your comment and the fave ilpo. It’s much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroalmost 2 years ago
  • Thanks for the suggestion Maria. Shall do.

    – Christine Smith

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