Our curator shares the discovery of a rare account from the 1870s, of a missionary voyage through the Bass Strait, Tasmania. Read about this fascinating journey through a tiny group of forgotten islands and the people who called them home.
A pair of beautiful 9 inch desktop globes have recently been acquired for the collection. The Terrestrial and Celestial globes are displayed on their original turned mahogany stands; the Terrestrial globe with a meridian ring and an attached brass pointer; the Celestial globe with meridian ring and additional moveable band.
The archives of a rival media company can be found in the Fairfax Media business archive. Long forgotten and perhaps a name not recognisable by many, Associated Newspapers Ltd was a major media competitor of the Fairfax company until it was consumed by Fairfax Holdings in 1953.
Teresa Petersen's latest publication, Daphne du Maurier: Looking Inward explores du Maurier’s works from a completely new angle. Peterson explores the possibility that incest is at the core of du Maurier’s craft, arguing that the theme occurs so frequently that it is not a coincidence.
The depiction of the earth as a three-dimensional globe provides a realistic and tactile view of the physical layout of the world. The oldest known surviving globe dates back to 150 AD but production increased rapidly between around 1500 and 1900, these globes were not used as navigational tools but as a representation of contemporary knowledge.
In her new book, Dissent, historian Sally Percival Wood encapsulates the spirit of the era, delving into the people, the places, and the politics of the time to reveal how this transformation took place.