Has the second wave lockdown caused you to miss the slopes this winter? Are you disappointed that you didn’t get to try that new recipe for Christmas in July? Maybe you have been simply dying to show off that new winter coat. 

Monash University Library Special Collections has something to mend your broken hearts. 

In support of Winterfest 2020, your “cool” librarians have been scouring the collections to share some wintery fun with you all. 

Explore the collections through our winter wonderland jigsaw puzzles. Walk the cold and lonely streets of Melbourne, build a snowman, explore the North Pole in a tin submarine, or if you are feeling brave, fend off a ferocious polar bear. Or perhaps take a trip down memory lane with WinterFest through the years.  We have something for everyone this winter.

In Monash Collections Online

Frank Reade was a popular pulp character from 1894 – 1906. Featuring a huge variety of fantastical machines and mechanical creatures, Franke Reade often took his adventures to the North and South Poles.

Find a huge collection of the “Aldine Romance of Invention, Travel and Adventure Library” digitised in Monash Collections Online.

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A Woman standing with a parasol in the snow”, forms part of a series of wonderful commercial photographs depicting late 19th century Japan. Discover all 50 hand-tinted photos in Monash Collections Online.

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The Library holds a large number of postcards and other ephemeral material. This particular example includes a rather lovely dedication on the back: “Dear Brenda, Wishing you a mary Xmas, From Alice”.

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Melbourne by winter moonlight. Find this image with a wonderful view of Princes Bridge from what is now an area under Hamer Hall.

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This delightful snow fight scene comes from Kathleen Ainslie’s, “At Great-Aunt Martha’s” printed circa 1904. Find a full digitised version of this story.

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In Special Collections

A wonderful lithograph depicting the Arctic Sun at midnight. “Arctic expeditions from British and foreign shores : from the earliest times to the expedition of 1875-76”.

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The crew of HMS Alert and HMS Discovery during its ill-fated 1875 attempt to reach the North Pole.

“Arctic expeditions from British and foreign shores : from the earliest times to the expedition of 1875-76”.

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A wonderful example of an early 20th century cloth binding. Alex Macdonald was a Scottish born, Australian author who wrote numerous adventure novels. You can find this and more in our Special Collections Lindsay Shaw Collection (Children’s Literature Collection).

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Death hitting the slopes in Margaret Millar’s mid-20th century murder mystery novel, “Fire will freeze”. This example includes a map of the crime scene of the back cover; a characteristic of the collectable “Dell Mapback” series. You can find this wonderful book in our Special Collections.

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A crew member from the ill-fated 1875 attempt to reach the North Pole fights off a polar bear.

“Arctic expeditions from British and foreign shores : from the earliest times to the expedition of 1875-76”.

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