Good Reading : June 2004
42 goodreading The State Library of Victoria is Australia’s oldest free public library – in fact, it was one of the world’s first libraries to be entirely funded by the government and free of charge to its users. One hundred and fifty years after its opening the library now holds an astonishing depth and diver- sity in its collection, which includes not just books but photographs, documents, arte- facts and posters, amongst other rare and priceless objects covering subjects such as Ned Kelly, Melbourne style, sport, the gold rush and natural history. The collection is a credit to the far-sighted work of the librar- ians and is a fascinating insight into what made Victoria the place it is today. coffee table the Old Vic This cuneiform tablet, approximately 4000 years old, is from the Sumerian culture of southern Mesopotamia, and records the delivery of sheep and goats in the tenth month of the 46th year of Shulgi, around 2050 BC.